Poor vision and age-related eye diseases are not always inevitable. Even though eyesight deteriorates as people grow older, seniors can do quite a bit to boost their vision after the age of 65. Here are some simple tips you can use to help your aging loved one protect his or her vision.
Revamp the Diet
A nutritious diet is a senior’s first line of defense against vision loss, and your loved one might need to make some major dietary changes to keep his or her eyes healthy. Most medical specialists agree seniors should primarily eat fresh produce, whole grains, seafood, legumes, healthy fats, and lean meats. They also need to eat plenty of bright fruits and vegetables that contain beta-carotene, vitamin A, and flavonoids.
Some seniors need assistance with meal prep. If your aging loved one needs occasional help with bathing, grooming, cooking, or other basic household tasks, or if you need time to attend to important personal matters, reach out to Home Care Assistance, a leading provider of live-in and respite care. Fairfield seniors can maintain their independence while living at home with the help of our reliable respite caregivers.
Keep the Heart Healthy
Seniors with cardiovascular conditions often have poor eyesight as well. If your loved one’s heart is damaged or overworked, it may not be able to pump blood and other nutrients to the eyes. Your loved one should try to exercise for at least 150 minutes every week to boost his or her cardiovascular health. He or she also needs to be tested for diabetes, high blood pressure, and high cholesterol once or twice a year.
Older adults can boost their cardiovascular health by making several healthy lifestyle choices. If your elderly loved one needs help maintaining healthy habits, consider hiring a professional caregiver. Families can rely on Home Care Assistance Fairfield to provide dedicated and compassionate in-home caregivers who are trained in our holistic Balanced Care Method, which was designed to encourage seniors to exercise often, eat nutritious foods, maintain strong social ties, and focus on other lifestyle factors that promote longevity.
Encourage Wearing Sunglasses When Outside
Getting a little bit of sunlight every day is extremely beneficial, but seniors shouldn’t expose their eyes to UV rays for more than a few minutes at a time. A good pair of sunglasses will prevent UVA and UVB rays from damaging your loved one’s retinas while outside. Seniors who wear contact lenses should be especially wary of standing out in the sun without sunglasses. Wearing a large hat with a wide brim is another option, but sunglasses with polarized lenses are much more effective at blocking sunlight.
Remind Your Loved One to Take Computer Breaks
The average senior spends roughly six hours a day in front of a screen. Younger adults are usually told to take screen breaks once every hour, but seniors should try to step away every 20 or 30 minutes. As seniors grow older, their tear ducts are no longer going to produce as much fluid, which means their eyes will dry out much quicker while staring at a screen.
Set a Strict Sleep Schedule
While sleeping, the eyes are covered with a natural lubricant that clears away lingering debris that got trapped during the day, including dander, pollen, dust, smoke, and many other common irritants that float through the air. The process of cleaning away the debris takes a few hours, which is why your loved one needs to get at least six hours of restorative sleep every night.
Vision loss is not the only health issue older adults are prone to. Seniors can face a variety of age-related challenges. Though some families choose to take on the caregiving duties, there may come a time when they need a trusted Fairfield home care provider. Families sometimes need respite from their duties so they can focus on their other responsibilities, and some seniors need around-the-clock assistance that their families are not able to provide. Home Care Assistance is here to help. To hire a professionally trained caregiver for your aging loved one, give us a call at 203-955-1915 today.