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Home Care Professionals Talk About How Seniors Can Protect Their Eyes

Aug 13, 2018 by Garrett Hafler

Aging is a natural part of life and as we do age, our eyes take a bit of a downward turn and we often experience some type of vision loss or we need some assistive devices to help us read and see. Comprehensive eye exams are the best way to determine if your senior suffers from any type of eye condition or disease. Home care professionals recommend that your loved one have their eyes checked at least once per year. Many seniors do need contacts or glasses to correct their vision and others need prescription medications or other devices that allow them to see.

When your loved one visits the optometrist, they will receive a thorough evaluation and home care experts want you to know that the eyes are the window to your loved one’s health too. Optometrists are able to detect other medical conditions such as diabetes, hypertension, and even heart disease.

If your loved one is in need of an eye appointment and cannot get to and from their appointment, their home care team is able to help transport them. Below, you will also find some lifestyle changes that your loved one can make to help protect their eyes.

Reduce digital eye strain. Since everything today is centered around technology, it is no surprise that our eyes begin to hurt when we stare at the screen for too long. You may experience dry eyes, blurred vision, and even eye pain. This is what is known as digital eye strain and the best way to prevent it is to take frequent breaks from the device and keep the device at least an arm’s length from your face.

Stop smoking. Smoking increases your chances of developing eye disease by 2.5 to 3.5 times more. We all know that smoking does lead to lung cancer and heart disease – so why let it affect your eyes too?

The home care team at Comfort Keepers is committed to making sure your loved one can go to and from their eye appointments. Call today to learn more about our services. 

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