Between age and medications with eye-related side effects, like those for high blood pressure and diabetes, vision loss may seem inevitable in the golden years. In support of Healthy Vision Month, Home Care Assistance Summit offers a handful of simple and effective ways to boost eye health.
We’ve all heard carrots are good for eyesight, but the list doesn’t stop there. Consuming dark leafy greens, sweet potatoes, pumpkin, yellow peppers and other orange and yellow vegetables has been proven to help prevent macular degeneration caused by age. Foods high in the antioxidants lutein and zeaxanthin, such as garlic, onions, and capers, help prevent the formation of cataracts, and plenty of good fatty acids, like those found in avocado or salmon, also play a role in vision health.
Eye muscles need exercise just like other muscles in the body, and exercising eyes regularly has been linked to improved vision. One good way to build eye strength is to hold a pen at arm’s length and focus on it while slowing moving it to the nose and back. Only repeat this exercises 10 to 15 times as excess eye exercise can actually strain eyes. Eye rolling or drawing a figure also gives eye muscles better flexibility.
It’s no surprise that getting out into the sun can be beneficial for overall health, but it can help seniors maintain eyesight as well. Walking in nature without glasses forces the eyes to work harder to pay attention to surroundings.
Even though nature walks are recommended, don’t overexpose eyes to damaging UV sunrays. Make sure your loved one puts on proper protective sunglasses after 20 minutes. Harmful sun exposure is the leading cause of age-related blindness.
If your loved one spends a lot of time reading or staring at a television or computer screen, they could be doing some real damage. Encourage him or her to spend at least 10 minutes looking at other things for every hour of television or book time.
If you’re concerned about your loved one’s eating habits, lack of physical activity, or overall health, Home Care Assistance can help. Although we specialize in live-in care, we offer part-time care in Summit for seniors who could use help as-needed with tasks like grocery shopping, cooking, exercise, personal grooming, and keeping appointments. Give us a call at 908.450.9400 to speak with an experienced Care Manager today.