Macular degeneration is a painless eye condition that can lead to central vision loss as it progresses. Senior adults over the age of 60 should be aware that their risk for age-related macular degeneration increases every year. While there is no single way to completely prevent vision loss, fighting macular degeneration with the following strategies can help seniors to preserve their vision well into their golden years.
- Schedule an Annual Eye Exam
The vision problems that occur with macular degeneration often begin so slowly that a person does not notice until serious damage has already happened. For this reason, regular eye exams should be one’s first line of defense against vision damage. If you or an aging loved one are unable to attend regular eye exams, look into professional New Hampshire home care services which can include reliable transportation and accompaniment to medical appointments, as well as help around the home with activities of daily living.
- Eat a Healthy Diet
Everyone has heard that carrots can help promote eye health and there’s some truth to this idea. Nutrition does in fact play a major role in the prevention of age-related macular degeneration. Eating a healthy diet that includes beta-carotene, zinc, lutein and vitamin E will provide the eyes with all of the nutrients necessary for optimum health.
- Wear UV-Protective Glasses
Sunlight can wreak havoc on one’s eyesight and has been linked to increased rates of cataracts as well as macular degeneration. Those who wear prescription glasses should opt for having UV-protection applied to their lenses. Alternatively, New Hampshire senior care specialists recommend that a quality pair of sunglasses should be worn anytime a senior spends time outdoors. This applies even for short periods of sunlight exposure.
- Encourage Blood Circulation
Smoking, lack of exercise and being overweight all interfere with a senior’s circulation, which the eyes depend upon for health. Senior adults should avoid smoking for many reasons; however, quitting tobacco will help to prevent macular degeneration. Additionally, weight maintenance and regular exercise will help a person to establish better health which will have a direct impact upon their ability to fight the damaging effects of macular degeneration.
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