How Your Vision Changes As You Age
There are many changes that come with growing older, but vision loss or impairment can be one of the scariest. Many seniors will experience some type of vision loss, with the most common being Age-related Macular Degeneration, or AMD. AMD is the leading cause of vision loss in seniors age 50 and over!
However, while vision loss may be frightening, there are steps that seniors and their loved ones can take to combat AMD and other eye conditions.
Give us a call at (703) 424-9519 to learn more!
Don't Lose Sight 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:
- Exercise regularly, which research has found can help to decrease odds for developing AMD.
- 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.
- Don’t smoke. Multiple studies have demonstrated a two-and-half to threefold increase in the risk of AMD among smokers.
- Take antioxidant vitamins and minerals (following a physician-prescribed regimen), which have been linked to lower risks of advanced AMD development.
As 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.
Comfort Keepers®: In Home Care With Compassion
At Comfort Keepers®, we’re committed to providing the best possible care for your loved one. Each of our caregivers are trained in our unique approach to home care called Interactive Caregiving™, meaning they will provide support for your loved one’s physical, mental, and social health in order to help them live happily and independently in their own home.
No matter what kind of support you or your loved one needs, a caregiver will be there. This means helping around the home with daily chores, creating meal plans that are healthy and delicious, simply spending time with their clients listening to stories, and so much more!
As a special note for seniors who have been diagnosed with AMD or have impaired vision, each of our caregivers is a fully licensed driver, and is able to provide transportation to social events like book clubs or classes at the local senior center, doctor appointments, or simply to visit family members.
If you’d like to learn more about senior vision loss or AMD, how our caregivers and care services are exceptional, or if you’d like to schedule your free in home consultation, please contact us online anytime or call us at (703) 424-9519.