Declining vision is unfortunately a problem that most seniors do not deal with until it is too late and their vision has already been compromised. As a leading provider of home care Palm Beach County seniors and families trust, we wanted to share some of the natural ways that seniors can improve their eyesight. Not only can the following changes play a role in preventing age-related eye conditions such as macular degeneration, glaucoma and dry eye, they can actively help seniors (and their younger counterparts) maintain optimal vision as they age.
- Modify your diet. A diet that provides the proper vitamins and nutrients is one of the best ways to enhance vision and maintain good eye health. Leafy greens and vegetables including sweet potatoes, carrots and pumpkin have been shown to promote eye health, while grapes and blueberries provide antioxidant and anti-inflammatory properties which are also essential to maintaining vision. A diet low in salt can also help control blood pressure, which minimizes the risk for cataracts.
- Get moving. Some studies suggest that a dedicated daily walking routine can reduce the risk of developing glaucoma. While able seniors are more than free to take walks alone, going with a friend, family member or trusted caregiver in Palm Beach County can add a social aspect to exercising that often increases the likelihood of participation by the senior. In addition to moving or adding activity to the day, simple eye exercises such as rolling the eyes, gently massaging the temples or warning the eyes for a few seconds with the palm of your hand, are considered beneficial by senior care experts.
- Enjoy a full night’s rest. Although a sufficient amount of sleep is known to enhance overall health and wellbeing for seniors, it is also a key factor for enhancing vision. Getting eight hours of sleep at night gives eyes time to recover from the stress of the day. Short naps during the day are also recommended to give the eyes a short period to relax from visually intense tasks.
Seniors should also be aware of the amount of sunlight that their eyes are exposed to at various points throughout the day. For example, if outside in the sun for an extended period of time, sunglasses or a hat should be worn to shield the eyes and protect them from overexposure. Protective measures such as these should also be taken when running errands, doing yard work or any other outdoor activity.
If you or an aging loved one are suffering from vision loss, it is important to speak with your doctor right away for possible treatment options. Because vision loss can also impede a senior’s ability to perform activities of daily living, assistance with routine chores or errands may also be necessary. If you have further questions about this level of in-home help, contact Home Care Assistance of Palm Beach County at 561-249-8292.