Feb 9, 2018 by Garrett Hafler
If we were to ask you what the macula is, would you know? Many people do not know what it is, and they simply assume it is part of the eye and that is it. The macula is an important part of your eye and is only 5mm in diameter. If this part of the eye becomes damaged, you will find that you experience issues with your vision, which includes progressive blindness. Your loved one’s in home caregiver may have mentioned to you that your loved one cannot see as well and if so, it is time to visit a local optometrist.
Below, we have some tips from one of our expert in home caregiver providers about how to minimize the risks of macular degeneration.
Do not smoke or take steps to quit smoking as the nicotine and smoke itself increase your chances for developing this disease
Your loved one’s in home caregiver can help your senior follow a healthy diet. Diets that are rich in leafy greens, vegetables, and fruits are the best and should be consumed regularly. Your loved one should minimize how many processed foods he or she intakes, especially processed carbs and sugars
Exercise, at minimum, 30 minutes per day. Your loved one may have mobility issues and if this is the case, his or her caregiver can assist
Keep your loved one at a healthy weight and if he or she is overweight, help encourage them to lose the additional weight
Always have comprehensive eye exams performed by a trained and licensed optometrist
If you would like to learn more about how one of our in home caregiver providers can help your loved one, call Comfort Keepers today.