senior resident having an eye exam in our nursing care center

Don’t wait before it’s too late to get your eyes checked.

Getting older comes with a slew of unwanted changes to your body and health. One of the most dramatic changes when it comes to aging is your eyesight. Seniors who were fortunate enough to be blessed with great eyesight in their youth may find their vision getting worse as time goes on. While some minor vision changes are inevitable, there are several things seniors can do to ensure their eyesight stays clear for the foreseeable future. 

Those things include:

  1. Eat certain types of food that contain nutrients critical for eye health. Vitamin A helps with night vision and is usually found in carrots and other yellow/orange plants. Omega-3 fatty acids are essential and can be found in walnuts or avocados. Degeneration of the macula is often responsible for vision loss of seniors (the macula is the part of the eye responsible for central vision) and can be rectified by eating healthier options like leafy green vegetables, salmon, and berries.
  2. Try to exercise or at the very least get the blood flowing throughout the day since your overall physical fitness affects the eyes as well. This is especially important for seniors with health conditions that affect the eyes such as diabetes.
  3. Take a break from staring at the screens on your smartphone or computer. Seniors use these to stay connected with their loved ones and to enjoy the entertainment but spending too much time without a break can cause eye strain and dryness. Step away from the screen every 10 minutes or so. If you’re at a nursing home, the caregiver will likely have this planned out for you.
  4. The American Academy of Ophthalmology recommends adults older than age 65 get annual vision screenings. These screenings can help your doctor identify serious eye diseases such as cataracts and glaucoma in the early stages, which gives you time to treat the condition properly and in a timely manner before it is too late.

Seniors who are looking to remain healthy as they age can benefit in a variety of ways when they receive professional elderly home care at Marion Manor in Marion, Ohio. Call us at (740) 387-9545 to learn more about what we offer and to see what customized care is best for you!