Aug 9, 2018 by Jorge Preciado
Our eyes are so valuable, allowing us to admire the beauty of life. Unfortunately, we often take them for granted, not thinking about how we can prevent eye diseases and vision decline.
As we find ourselves in the golden years, our eyes’ health weakens. Certain issues like age-related macular degeneration, cataracts, and diabetic retinopathy may start to arise. Fortunately, there are some steps that seniors can take to reduce the risks of getting these diseases, including assisted living.
Regular Eye Exams
Regular eye exams are crucial in discovering visual impairment on time and taking necessary steps to correct refractive errors.
According to the American Optometric Association seniors over the age of 60 should visit an optometrist at least once a year. Of course, if they notice a change in vision, they should visit a doctor as soon as possible.
Apart from regular checkups, changing lifestyle and diet can also help in eye protection.
Note: Seniors should always consult their doctor if they’d like to change diet or begin an exercise regimen.
• Diet – Incorporate fresh fruits and vegetables, as well as foods high in antioxidants (vitamins A and C). Instead of consuming sugary drinks, drink water.
• Regular Exercise –Seniors should perform moderate physical activities such as cycling, walking and swimming for a minimum of 20 minutes every day. These activities won’t put too much pressure on the muscles and body, yet will still lift the heart rate up.
• Be Aware of ‘Digital Eye Strain’ – Digital eye strain refers to symptoms (such as blurred vision, dry eyes, and eye pain) that occur when we stare at the screen of smartphones, tablets, laptops, and similar devices. To reduce digital eye strain, seniors should take breaks from digital devices, reduce overhead light to remove glare and keep the screen at an arm’s distance. There is also specialty eyewear to help reduce eye strain, so they could benefit from these too.
• Quit Smoking – Smoking is bad for our overall health, including our eyes. Seniors who smoke have 2.5 – 3.5 times greater chance to develop macular degeneration. You can quit smoking at any time, and your eyes and body will be thankful for that.
• Shield the eyes – We know that ultraviolet light (particularly between the hours of 11 AM and 3 PM) is dangerous for our skin, but so is for our eyes. The Wearing UV-blocking sunglasses and wide brim hats offer good eye protection.
Comfort Keepers Assisted Living
Seniors certainly feel empowered knowing that they can protect vision and decrease the risk of eye diseases. But if they need extra help to incorporate these changes in their everyday living, Comfort Keepers can help. Contact Comfort Keepers to learn more about assisted living services.