Our sense of sight allows us to take in and connect with the world around us. While we often take this sense for granted in our youth, its importance becomes more apparent as we enter our golden years. Unfortunately, many seniors suffer from a degree of vision loss or a change of vision that makes it difficult to complete activities of daily living. While there are many causes for a decline in vision, there are simple ways in which seniors can preserve, and in some cases, reverse the negative effects of vision loss.
One of the easiest ways to help preserve vision with age is to make changes to one’s diet. As a Warren hourly care provider, we often prepare meals for our senior clients and know how important a balanced diet is for vision protection. In fact, a number of health studies report that nutrients such as omega 3- fatty acids, lutein and zinc, and vitamins C and E can help reduce the risk for and ward off age-related vision problems including macular degeneration and cataracts. Foods that are packed with these nutrients include salmon, tuna, carrots, almonds and leafy green vegetables including spinach and kale.
Wearing protective eyewear has also been said to help preserve vision. When going outside, seniors should make sure they have sunglasses that can shield their eyes from the sun’s ultraviolet rays. Doing so can help reduce the risk for both cataracts and macular degeneration. Similarly, if a senior already has prescription glasses, it is important that their prescription is up-to-date. This will help ensure eliminate unnecessary strain on the eyes.
Seniors and elderly should also visit their eye doctor on a regular basis. Doing so can help the doctor track changes in sight, adjusting and modifying treatment and prescriptions as necessary to ensure that overall eye health is protected. Additionally, by seeing the eye doctor, any problems can be identified early, increasing the chance of a positive outcome.
If you or an aging parent or loved one struggle with activities of daily living or personal care as the result of a decline in vision, help is available. Contact Home Care Assistance of Warren today and speak with one of our devoted Care Managers about our home care services. We provide at-home care in Warren that includes help with light housekeeping, bathing and dressing, medication reminders, transportation and more. Whether help is needed a few hours a day or 7 days a week, we can help you continue living in the comfort of home. Call 908.450.9400 to schedule a complimentary consultation!