Many seniors experience decreased vision as they age, but this can sometimes be prevented or slowed through preventive care. Here are a few ways your senior loved one can proactively take care of his or her eyesight, brought to you by the senior care experts at Home Care Assistance of Lancaster.
Get Regular Check-Ups
Discovering vision problems early on can expand the possibilities of successful medical intervention, such as cataract surgery or treatment for glaucoma. Cataract surgery has come a long way in recent years, with one of the best success rates of any surgery, and glaucoma treatments have also advanced.
Get Annual Screenings for Diabetes
Diabetes is a leading cause of vision loss among older adults, often because the diabetes may go undetected until after damage to the retina has already occurred. Screening for elevated glucose levels on a regular basis can detect diabetes before it has the chance to cause any vision problems.
Use Sunglasses When Outdoors
The sun can be especially hard on the eyes during a person’s senior years, but wearing good quality sunglasses can help prevent the discomfort of photo sensitivity and protect the eyes from the sun’s harsh rays. This is especially beneficial for seniors who have already had eye surgery or who have any number of conditions affecting the eyes. Plus, this is an extremely simple way to engage in prevention of vision loss.
Almost all seniors can benefit from a high quality multivitamin, but in terms of vision preservation, it is especially important to get enough vitamin A, beta-carotene, vitamin E, lutein, zeaxanthin, and zinc. These vitamins can all help prevent deficiency-related vision loss.
Even though these methods are often successful in staving off severe macular degeneration, sometimes other factors like genetics, strokes,or low blood pressure can lead to vision loss. Facing vision challenges can make it difficult for your loved one to take care of things both inside and outside the home, but Home Care Assistance can help. We offer live-in and hourly care in Lancaster, PA, and our caregivers are all trained in performing a multitude of daily tasks that allow your loved one to comfortably age in place. Our services are backed with 100% satisfaction, and we never ask our clients to sign long-term contracts. Please give us a call today at (717) 540-4663 and schedule a free in-home consultation.