Aug 13, 2018 by Garrett Hafler
It is important for seniors to protect their eyes as they age to ensure that any issues or vision loss is caught early on and is not left undetected. A caregiver can recommend that your loved one have regular checkups at a licensed optometrist to ensure that their eyes are in good health. Many seniors do require the use of assistive devices such as contacts, glasses, or even prescriptions.
While eye exams are important to check for any vision related problems, optometrists are also able to tell how healthy you are by your eyes. A caregiver can take you to important optical appointments so you can find out if you have hypertension, diabetes, or even high cholesterol through a simple eye exam.
Below, our team will provide you with some lifestyle changes that your loved one can make to help protect their eyes and promote good eye health. Let’s take a look.
Eat a healthy diet – A diet that is rich in the proper nutrients and minerals can help your loved one’s vision by keeping it in check and not deteriorate. If your loved one is unable to consume their recommended amount of minerals or vitamins, you may want to discuss supplements with their healthcare provider.
Stop smoking – It is important for seniors to protect their health by not smoking. Each caregiver warns that smoking can increase your risk of developing macular degeneration by 2.5 to 3.5 times.
Exercise – It is recommended that all seniors engage in moderate physical activity for at least 20 minutes per day. The best types of exercises are low-impact ones which include walking, bicycling, and also swimming.
The caregiver team at Comfort Keepers are here to help your loved one and provide him or her with the transportation needed to get to and from their eye appointments. In addition, our team will assist your loved one in making the right lifestyle changes to protect their eyes. Call Comfort Keepers at your earliest convenience to learn more.