Looking At AMD And Vision Loss
As we age our bodies continue to change, and one of the changes many seniors will experience is vision loss or impairment. While there are many conditions that can cause your eyesight to degrade, Age-related Macular Degeneration, or AMD, is the leading cause of vision loss for people age 50 and over.
The idea of vision loss may be scary for many of us, but there are diet and lifestyle changes that you and your loved ones of all ages can make in order to help combat it.
Give us a call at (919) 504-2473 to learn more!
Taking Charge Of Your Eye Health
The health of our eyes is, generally, a high priority when we’re young, even more so as we age. While it is not always possible to completely prevent age related vision loss, there are healthy habits that can help! Below are five to help you get started:
- Eat dark, leafy green vegetables, such as spinach, which are high in antioxidants that can help to reduce the progression of macular degeneration.
- Take antioxidant vitamins and minerals (following a physician-prescribed regimen), which have been linked to lower risks of advanced AMD development.
- Don’t smoke. Multiple studies have demonstrated a two-and-half to threefold increase in the risk of AMD among smokers.
- Wear sunglasses outdoors that block UV and blue-ray light, the type of sunlight that may cause eye damage.
- Exercise regularly, which research has found can help to decrease odds for developing AMD.
Please, always be sure to talk to your eye doctor about any family history of vision loss or AMD so you can be tested for the condition.
Why You Should Choose Comfort Keepers® Personal Care
When you choose to work with a Comfort Keepers® caregiver, you’re choosing the best quality senior care. Each of our caregivers is specially trained in our unique approach to care called Interactive Caregiving™, meaning their mental, physical, and social health will be supported in order to ensure they can live happily and independently in their own homes.
We offer flexible care plans that can include as much support as you or your loved one requires. From bathing, to helping around the home with laundry or cleaning, to creating meal plans that are delicious and nutritious, our caregivers will be there!
As a special note for seniors who have been diagnosed with AMD or have vision impairment, each of our caregivers is fully licensed and able to provide transportation to doctor appointments, social events, or simply to the grocery store for the weekly shopping trip.
If you’d like to learn more about the importance of regular senior eye care and exams, how Comfort Keepers® can assist you or your loved one with vision loss or AMD, or if you’d like to schedule your free in home consultation, please contact us online anytime or call us at (919) 504-2473.