As we age, many of us experience eye problems, which can be positively-impacted through early intervention. That’s why it’s important to be diligent about your eye health and to be aware of any symptoms that may pop up.
The Distance Gap is Easily Closed
Janice, the daughter of a client, called us and thanked us for her mother’s caregiver, Lupe. Janice lives in Montana and counts on our caregivers to provide information that her mother often doesn’t believe she needs to know. For example, whenever Janice asks her mother how things are, she is assured all is well. Having the same conversation with Lupe yields honest feedback about some of the challenges her mother is having, including her complaints about not being able to see clearly even with her glasses on. Lupe suggested a visit to the eye doctor to check it out. Janice made an appointment for her mother with an ophthalmologist. It turned out to be cataracts, which were removed. Her mom’s eyesight has improved significantly. Janice has the peace of mind that her mother is being taken care of. We are thrilled any time we can address a client’s or their family’s needs.
Taking Care of Your Sight
Getting older doesn’t mean you are going to develop eye issues, but it does increase the possibility of it happening. What can seniors do to reduce the risk?
- Eat a balanced diet. Stock up on foods that contribute to good eye health, including broccoli, dark leafy vegetables, turnip greens, peas and zucchini which all include lutein and zeaxanthin. Also make sure zinc, Vitamins E and C and omega-3s are in our diet. Seniors whose digestion is compromised may also be able to retrieve many of these nutrients from juicing.
- Get a regular eye checkups at the ophthalmologist. A comprehensive eye examination can detect many eye disorders.
- Wear sunglasses. Wearing a good pair of sunglasses will help retain your eye health.
- Look for changes in your vision, pain, redness, etc. It may be a sign of an eye disorder such as glaucoma, macular degeneration or diabetic eye disease.
- Did you know that age-related macular degeneration is the leading cause of vision loss in those older than 65 years of age? The progress of this disease may be slowed or reversed by antioxidants found in artichokes, blueberries and pecans.
- Glaucoma can come on silently. When symptoms do occur, they can include redness of the eye, severe eye or forehead pain, blurred or decreased vision, nausea, vomiting or seeing halos or rainbows. Although there is no cure for glaucoma, which attacks the optic nerve, early detection can help prevent further damage. Since oxidative stress is associated with damage to the optic nerve, make sure you have antioxidants in your diet, such as those found in pomegranate, acai berries, cranberries, dark chocolate, black and green tea, bilberry, lycopene (from tomato products), dark green leafy vegetables like kale and spinach, and flax seeds.
- Diabetic eye disease may not have any early symptoms but can be detected in an exam.
- Exercise often. Some studies have noted that regular exercise may reduce the risk of age-related macular degeneration by more than 70%. According to an article in YourSightMatters.com, walking or running may decrease the chance of age-related cataracts, moderate exercise can reduce eye pressure, and exercising three times per week may reduce age-related cataracts.
- Wear computer eyeglasses. These glasses can reduce the strain on your eyes from staring at the computer screen. Computer glasses can be made for you whether you wear prescription glasses or not. They also come in single lens, progressive, bifocal and tri-focal prescriptions.
At Luxe Homecare we take a holistic approach to patient care, understanding that loved ones cannot always be there to see challenges on a day-to-day basis. If you have a senior in your life who needs some assistance, please contact us today. Our caregivers are at the ready to be of assistance. Contact (310) 459-3535, firstname.lastname@example.org or visit our website, www.luxehomecare.com.