Don't Forsake Your Eyes! - Part 1

Written by Anil Bajnath, MD
Posted May 24, 2022

Dear Longevity Insider,

We change as we get older. But that doesn't mean we have to forfeit our vision as we age.

When most people think about their vision, they generally only consider common problems such as nearsightedness, farsightedness, and astigmatism. However, there are a number of other vision-related issues that can become more prevalent as we age. This week, we will discuss some of the most common vision problems that we face as we age, and provide tips on how to maintain healthy vision for years to come.  One of Our Most Precious Senses

Our eyesight is one of our most precious senses. Without it, we would be unable to experience the world around us in all its beauty. Our eyes begin to develop long before we are born, and continue to develop throughout our lives. When we are born, our eyes are able to see things that are close up, but cannot focus on things that are far away. As we age, usually around the age of 12, our eyesight matures and we develop what is called “accommodation,” which allows us to see things both close up and far away clearly. As we become adults, our vision generally stabilizes and we don’t experience any major changes in our eyesight. However, as we age, there are a number of vision-related problems that can develop.  Eye Structure

Our eyes are complex organs that are made up of many different parts. In order to understand how our vision changes as we age, it is important to have a basic understanding of the structure of the eye. 

The outermost layer of the eye is called the sclera. The sclera is a white, tough layer that protects the inner structures of the eye. The inner layer of the eye is called the conjunctiva. The conjunctiva is a thin, clear layer that covers the front of the eye and lines the inside of the eyelids. 

The middle layer of the eye is made up of two parts: the cornea and the iris. The cornea is the clear, dome-shaped surface that covers the front of the eye. The iris is the colored part of the eye that surrounds the pupil (the black dot in the center of the eye). 

The inner layer of the eye is made up of three parts: the lens, the retina, and the choroid. The lens is a clear, curved structure that helps to focus light on the retina. The retina is a thin layer of tissue at the back of the eye that contains cells that are sensitive to light. The choroid is a layer of blood vessels and other tissues that provide nutrients and oxygen to the retina.  We'll jump into more on Thursday...

To your longevity,

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Anil Bajnath MD
CEO/Founder, Institute for Human Optimization
Chief Medical Officer, Longevity Insider HQ

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