Looking At AMD And Vision Loss
While it is true that many seniors will experience some kind of vision loss, it is important to remember that certain conditions can cause more harm than others. Age-related Macular Degeneration, commonly referred to as AMD is one example, and is the leading cause of vision loss in people age 50 and over.
However, there is still good news! With a few simple changes to diet or lifestyle, seniors and their loved ones can help to prevent or combat age related vision loss.
Taking Charge Of Your Eye Health
Our eyes are incredibly important, so it makes sense that we want to do what we can to protect them. But, what does that mean exactly? To help take away some of the guesswork, we’ve compiled a list of five easy habits you can start today that will help protect the health of your eyes:
- Wear sunglasses outdoors that block UV and blue-ray light, the type of sunlight that may cause eye damage.
- 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.
- 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 Choose Comfort Keepers®?
At Comfort Keepers®, we take pride in providing exceptional in home senior care for our clients and one of the ways we accomplish this is through our unique approach to in home care called Interactive Caregiving™.
What does this mean? Well, it is our philosophy that seniors are healthiest when they are nourished mentally, physically, and socially. Our caregivers will work with your loved one to plan meals, social calls, and more that they can look forward to and provide a system of care that addresses safety, nutrition, mind, body, and activities of daily living. This can include everything from bathing, to helping around the house with simple chores, to ensuring that seniors stay on track with any doctor prescribed care plans or diets, and so much more. Our goal is, above all, to ensure that seniors can live happily, safely, and independently in their own home.
As a special note for seniors who have been diagnosed with AMD, have vision impairment, or are simply uncomfortable driving, each of our caregivers is a licensed driver meaning they are able to provide transportation to important doctor appointments, visits with family and friends, or even simply to the grocery store for the weekly shopping.
If you’d like to learn more about how to prevent senior vision loss, how our compassionate caregivers can assist those with vision impairment or AMD, or if you’d like to schedule your free in home consultation, please contact us online anytime or call us at (701) 335-8769.