Looking At AMD And Vision Loss
As we grow older, we can count on many things changing, and unfortunately, age related vision loss is one that many seniors will experience. There are many conditions that can affect our eyes however, 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 steps that you and your loved ones of all ages can take in order to help combat it.
Don't Lose Sight Of Your Eye Health
No matter what age you are, the fact remains that vision is an incredibly important sense, so why not form habits that help take care of it? There may not always be a surefire way to completely prevent vision loss, but picking up one or more of the following habits can certainly help!
- 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.
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.
What Makes Comfort Keepers® Home Care Special
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 senior vision loss and AMD, how Comfort Keepers® can help support seniors with vision impairment, or if you’d like to schedule your free in home consultation, please contact us online anytime or call us at (414) 207-6894.