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How to Prevent Vision Loss

By Lauren Robison, 9:00 am on

Vision changes are a normal part of getting older, but there are still many things seniors can do to preserve their eyesight. Since taking care of sight should begin before there is a problem, New Hampshire elder care professionals recommend some simple strategies to ensure seniors see clearly throughout their golden years.

1. Schedule Regular Eye Exams

Many eye diseases occur with little warning until the problem has become severe. However, eye doctors can quickly spot problems such as glaucoma and cataracts in their earliest stages. This way, seniors can benefit from medicines and surgery that will stop these problems before they damage vision further.

2. Give Eyes a Rest

Today’s technologically savvy seniors are presenting with the symptoms of eyestrain that result from staring too long at glowing screens. Symptoms of eyestrain include blurred vision, redness, and dryness of the eyes as well as headaches. For this reason, vision specialists recommend lowering the brightness of your screens and looking away every ten minutes when you are working for a prolonged time at the computer.

3. Eat More Superfoods

Yes, seniors can eat your way to healthier vision as long as they choose the right foods. Carrots are a well-known vision booster since they contain beta-carotene, yet spinach, avocados, berries and eggs are also great for your eyes. This is because they contain nutrients such as omega-3s and vitamin E that are essential for good vision.

4. Wear Protective Gear

Sometimes, vision changes are due to injuries that occur during everyday activities. Seniors who enjoy woodworking or other hobbies where debris may fly near the eyes should make sure to wear protective goggles. Sun damage is also a leading cause of vision problems, so make sure to use sunglasses and wide-brimmed hats to shield eyes from the sun.

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