May is Healthy Vision Month, and, unfortunately, not enough people make eye health a priority. In support of the National Eye Institute’s efforts, Lincoln senior care experts want to use this blog to highlight ways seniors can preserve their eyesight as they age.
1. Visit a doctor regularly
Comprehensive eye exams can be a significant indicator of overall health. Doctors recommend that everyone have a comprehensive eye exam done by age 40, and then yearly exams afterward. Eye health, as well as a person’s risk for strokes, aneurysms, brain tumors, heart disease and more can be determined through a comprehensive eye exam. If your senior loved one needs help getting to appointments, consider Lincoln hourly care to ensure he or she is staying up-to-date on check-ups.
2. Eat lots of greens
Foods such as dark leafy greens, broccoli, Brussels sprouts, zucchini, and peas contain high amounts of lutein and zeaxanthin, nutrients that reduce the effects of glare and exposure to bright lights.
3. Don’t skimp on the seafood
Making seafood a dietary staple can also help protect eyes. In addition to several other health benefits, omega-3 fatty acids like those found in fish help reduce the risk of eye disease. Omega-3s also assist in keeping a healthier tear film.
4. Wear shades when outside
Sunglasses help reduce the risk of cataracts, which is the clouding of the eyes’ lenses. Shades also help prevent AMD, which is the loss of sight in the center field of vision. Additionally, shades may reduce the risk of growths on and around the eyes.
5. Keep an arm’s length from screens
Due to the contrast and glare of screens, having them too close to the eyes can lead to eyestrain. Symptoms of which may include: blurred vision, dry eyes, double vision, trouble refocusing, headaches and more.
6. Wear computer glasses
Glasses specially designed for computer work eliminate eyestrain while improving focus on the screen. Some specs are prescription or have magnification, while others do not. All of them work by reducing the glare and bright light that eyes are exposed to while looking at screens.
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