Keeping your Eyes Healthy as you Age

Elder Care in Charlotte NC: Keeping your Senior's Eye's Healthy

Elder Care in Charlotte NC: Keeping your Senior’s Eye’s Healthy

Some changes in the structure of the eyes are normal as one ages.  For instance, it’s fairly common for the lens to become less flexible and thinner. This leads to the inability to see nearby objects and explains the predominance of reading glasses in the senior years. The production of tears may also reduce with age leading to dry eyes.  A light-gray ring commonly appears around the cornea due to a deposit of calcium and cholesterol salts which is also normal and does not affect one’s vision.

There are, however, diseases of the eye that are more likely to occur as one ages that are not normal and can be prevented.  If left untreated, most will lead to blindness or a significant loss of vision.  In addition, many offer few telltale signs of their entrance into one’s life, leaving a comprehensive eye exam the only way to detect their arrival.  For this reason, the American Academy of Ophthalmology recommends a complete eye exam every year or two after the age of 65.
The types of conditions that occur include age-related macular degeneration, diabetic retinopathy, glaucoma, and cataracts.  EyeCare America offers free or low-cost eye exams to eligible seniors.

Tips for Eye Health:

Diet -Just as with the rest of the body, the eyes are affected by what you eat.  There are several important nutrients that are specific to eye health.  These include two carotenoids: lutein and zeaxanthin which are found in the tissues of the eye.  They can be found in foods such as leafy greens and eggs.  Omega-3 fatty acids and Vitamin C may reduce the risk of macular degeneration and cataracts and are found in cold-water fish such as salmon and citrus fruits.

Stop Smoking -Smoking leads to arterial diseases that ultimately will affect the eyes.  It’s a hard habit to break, but help abounds.  One government sponsored website filled with tips, tools and online support for those 60 and over is SmokeFree 60+.

Keep Active -An active lifestyle that incorporates a minimum of 30 minutes of exercise most days of the week does a world of good for your eyes, your body, and your mind.
Keep your blood sugar, blood cholesterol, and blood pressure in check and in the normal range.

Elderly Care Provider
If your loved-one requires assistance with the everyday activities of living, an elderly care provider can help.  They also provide transportation, run errands such as grocery shopping, and motivate your loved-one by taking walks with them and preparing eye-healthy meals.

If you or someone you know needs elder care in Charlotte, NC, don’t hesitate to contact the caregivers at Affordable HomeCare.
We provide quality and affordable care for many disabled and elderly loved-one’s in our community.
Call us at (704) 323-5454 for more information.

 

Resources:
https://www.aao.org/eye-health/tips-prevention/seniors-screening
http://www.allaboutvision.com/nutrition/foods.htm

About Ted Nagraba

I am the Owner of Affordable HomeCare of Charlotte, North Carolina. Affordable HomeCare provides an alternative to the traditional solutions of nursing homes or other retirement institutions. Now, even with physical limitations, you can live the most independent and enjoyable life possible. With our personalized live-in or hourly care, you can continue to live in the comfort of your own home.
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