Aug 13, 2018 by Garrett Sullivan
Aging is all part of life and as you age, it is important for you to protect your eyesight and have regular eye exams at the same time. Caregivers are able to help your loved one get to and from their eye doctor appointments to have their scheduled checkups performed. Many seniors wear contacts, glasses, or they use other assistive devices to provide them with the vision aid they need.
Caregivers suggest that seniors have at least one eye exam performed each year, but some seniors, especially those with eye conditions or disease, may need to have an exam twice a year. Optometrists are able to tell you how healthy you are based on your eyes. Did you know that they can tell if you have diabetes, high cholesterol, or hypertension? Pretty crazy, huh?
Seniors do need to be proactive about their eye health and making the proper lifestyle changes to make sure that their eyes are protected at all times. Below, our caregivers will provide you with some lifestyle changes you can make.
Exercise – It is recommended that seniors receive moderate physical exercise 20 minutes per day. These exercises should be low-impact and they can include swimming, bike riding, and even walking around the mall.
Quit smoking – Smoking is the cause of heart disease and lung cancer, but did you know it can cause vision loss too? Caregivers want you to know that smoking can increase an individual’s risk of macular degeneration at about 2.5 to 3.5 times.
Healthy diet – eating a healthy diet and making sure to get all of your vitamins and nutrients, you will find that your vision is protected. Your loved one should consume their recommended number of veggies and fruits and if they cannot, you may want to talk to their healthcare professional about supplements to ensure they receive the minerals they need.
Comfort Keepers is here to help your loved one age in place and also work to help them protect their eyes too.