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5 Ways Seniors Can Protect Their Eyes

By Jeff Hill, 9:00 am on December 12, 2016

Seniors tend to neglect their eye health until something goes wrong, but there are positive steps your elderly loved one can take to maintain eye health as he or she ages. Phoenix in-home care experts offer 5 easy tips to help your loved one protect his or her eyesight.

1. Get a Yearly Exam

Your loved one’s doctor can test for glaucoma, cataracts, and other conditions that may be symptomless now but can lead to vision loss down the road. If your loved one is diabetic, yearly checkups are especially important.

2. Eat More Vegetables

Lutein and zeaxanthin are antioxidants found in the foods your loved one eats, particularly green vegetables. These foods help prevent macular degeneration, the leading cause of blindness in seniors. The key is to eat a wide variety of vegetables in many forms.

3. Use Safety Goggles

Most people neglect to wear goggles and think an accident will never happen to them, but many seniors have sustained eye injuries when doing hobbies, using chemicals to clean, and doing mundane tasks like cutting the grass. Be sure your loved one’s goggles have side shields for further protection.

4. Wear Sunglasses

Your loved one needs to protect his or her eyes from UVA and UVB rays because they can cause macular degeneration and cataracts. High-quality sunglasses can make a difference, and wearing them is especially important if your loved one reads outside or spends extended time outdoors for other reasons. Squinting is a poor substitute for proper protection and can also lead to headaches.

5. Keep Blood Sugar in Check

Diabetic retinopathy destroys eyesight by weakening the blood vessels around the eye and causing them to leak. It can also cause swelling around the eye, or there may be no symptoms aside from decreased vision. Your loved one may need to lose weight, get on a recommended eating plan, and exercise regularly to prevent diabetes and the related vision loss.

For additional tips on maintaining eye health in the senior years, reach out to Home Care Assistance. We are a leading provider of respite and live-in care Phoenix, AZ, seniors can rely on, and our caregivers can prepare nutritious meals, provide transportation to medical appointments, and help with a wide array of household tasks. For more information and to schedule a free in-home consultation, call 602.388.1085 today.