I believe it’s important to pay attention to your eyes and vision after 50 because they can change rapidly as we age. It’s something I’ve always been concerned about because I’ve spent a lot of time at the optometrist. Can you believe I’ve worn contacts for 50 years? I started wearing them when I was 14 and I’m over 60 now. Sheesh!
One eye disease we all need to look out for is age-related macular degeneration because it can eventually cause total blindness. I wrote a post about it here. You should also check for cataracts and glaucoma, which are common as we age.
Because your eyes are so important, I wanted to highlight the products and services I recommend to keep your eyes healthy and happy.
Some medical insurance plans don’t include vision care. You may want to buy a vision insurance plan to cover your yearly eye exams and any problems that may arise. If you’ve avoided the eye doctor because your vision is sharp, you still need a yearly checkup for potential eye diseases before they become a problem. I bought a VSP individual vision plan and wrote a blog post about it with more details here.
Dry Eye Disease
You’ve probably seen commercials on TV about dry eye syndrome. It’s a common condition for menopausal women and can cause your eyes to become inflamed, red, and sensitive to light. Did you know you can treat it with a natural eyelid product that doesn’t contain ingredients like hypochlorous acid? Cliradex is a plant-derived product with an ingredient called 4-Terpineol. (T40) It kills bad bacteria and Demodex mites that causes dry eye. After suffering through a bad case of conjunctivitis recently, I can’t emphasize enough why you need to use a sanitary cleanser and wipes for your eyes.
Supplement for Optimal Eye Health
My optometrist recommends Bausch & Lomb Ocuvite with Lutein as a supplement for eye health. It’s a combination of vitamins and nutrients that help prevent macular degeneration by filtering out harmful blue light. If you sit in front of a computer for hours it’s a good idea to take it. It contains lutein, zeaxanthin, omega 3’s, DHA & EPA, Vitamins C, E, & Zinc. You can get those nutrients from certain foods but you have to eat a ton of it.
Glasses and Contacts Suppliers
If you’re like me, you can’t see without prescription glasses or contacts. Or, you may just want a pair of reading glasses or cool sunglasses.
Warby Parker – I bought a pair of Warby Parker eyeglasses and loved the entire buying experience, not to mention the beautiful glasses I received. You can read a blog post I wrote about purchasing my Warby Parker’s here. They have a Home Try-On Program and you can try out 5 for free. The whole process was seamless. The best part is that Warby Parker gives back to non-profits with every purchase.
Eyeconic – This company works with over 40,000 eye doctors and offers contacts, prescription eyeglasses, and sunglasses. They can also refer you to an eye doctor in your area. Eyeconic offers top designer brands of eyewear like Chloe, BeBe, Lacoste, & Ferragamo. They accept VSP, METLIFE and CIGNA VISION benefits.
AC Lens – This is another great site for everything eyewear. They sell contacts, eyeglasses, sunglasses, readers, a wide variety of eye care products, and even costume contact lenses if you want to look spooky. Enjoy FREE shipping over $99.
Discount Contact Lenses – This company claims to have the largest selection of top brand name contact lenses at the lowest prices and free shipping over $99. Although they also offer colored and costume contacts, eye care products, glasses, sunglasses, and readers, their specialty is contact lenses.
Glasses Gallery – An American online eyewear online website for designer and exclusive boutique brand eyeglasses. They offer quality lenses that will give you function, protection, and comfort. You’ll find a large selection of glasses to provide for your particular needs from single vision to complex ultra-thin progressive lenses coated with additional protection. Glasses Gallery offers a 3365-day warranty and FREE shipping & 30-day exchanges & returns. It has glasses and sunglasses for all ages from toddlers to adults.
Eye creams, gel, and serums
I know from experience that wearing contacts adds extra wrinkles around your eyes especially if you rub them when they get irritated. Having an effective eye cream helps keep your eye area supple and smooth. There are so many to choose from but some are better than others. Their effectiveness also depends on your skin’s unique chemistry and whether or not you are sensitive to certain ingredients. Sometimes an eye product that is all natural can be more irritating than those that are not. Below are a few I’ve tried and liked.
MFT ICE skin care – 4P Max Eye Gel – This eye gel contains 4 peptides, botanicals, and vitamins. It refreshes the eye area, improves under-eye puffiness, fades dark circles, improves skin elasticity in the eye contour (delicate area) and smooths crow’s feet. It’s a new product that’s only available on Amazon at the current time.
Neutrogena Hydro-Boost gel- cream for the eye – I found this to be an excellent eye treatment that doesn’t irritate my sensitive eyes. It feels great going on and keeps my eye area moisturized for hours. It’s lightweight but nourishes my dry skin immediately.
AHAVA– Time to Revitalize Extreme Firming Eye Cream – I love the ingredients in this eye cream – Tibetan Goji Berries, Himalayan Raspberry Root, Red Algae, Pearlescent Mica, and Cetraria Islandia Lichen. It also has a blend of AHAVA’s patented Osmoter™ and Dead Sea Minerals. You’ll love it!
Murad Retinol Youth Renewal Eye Serum – If you’re seriously lacking hydration in your eye area, you’ll want to try this eye serum. It also brightens your eye area giving it a more youthful look. Its main ingredient is a time-released Retinol. You can use it in conjunction with Murad’s Renewing Eye Cream.
Do you have a favorite eye cream? Please leave a comment below because we’d all love to know about it.
Best foods for your eyes
According to Health Line, the 7 Best Foods for Healthy Eyes to prevent cataracts, age-related macular degeneration, glaucoma, dry eyes, and poor night vision are:
Fish, eggs, almonds, dairy, (yogurt) carrots, kale, and oranges. You may also want to include whole grains, berries, legumes, and sunflower seeds.
Here’s to your eye health! Have a carrot on me!
How do you keep your eyes shining bright? Please leave a comment below.