Diminished eyesight is becoming more and more common.
Some studies even indicate that there are millions of people aged 40 and over who have problems with their vision. In addition, several studies show that over half of the elderly population is diagnosed with cataracts at some point in their life. This is why as a family caregiver, it is essential to help your elderly loved one to do everything they can to prevent diminished eyesight.
Wearing Sunglasses Outside or in the Car
Wearing sunglasses can help prevent diminished eyesight. In fact, studies show that the sun can cause damage to a person’s eyes. The ultraviolet radiation can actually burn the corneas and other parts of the eyes similar to how it can burn a person’s skin. Many experts say that sun damage might not immediately affect the eyes. However, it can cause damage to the eyes after a long period of time. This is why you and the senior care providers should remind your elderly loved one to always wear sunglasses when outside on a sunny day, when looking at the sky, or when in the car.
If your elderly loved one is a smoker, you might want to encourage them to stop smoking. Studies show that a person who smokes heavily is at a higher risk of having cataracts. Not only can the smoke from the cigarettes irritate the eyes, but the chemicals in the cigarettes can also impact a person’s antioxidant count which can weaken their eyes. This can lead to the development of cataracts. As a family caregiver, you need to understand that it can be difficult for a person to quit smoking. This means that you need to have patience with your elderly loved one while they try to quit. You might also want to consult your elderly loved one’s doctor for guidance on how to help them quit.
Eating healthy can improve a person’s overall well-being. This includes preventing diminished eyesight. A lack of certain vitamins and nutrients can increase a person’s odds of developing cataracts. This is why it is important to make sure your elderly loved one is getting the proper amount of vitamins, minerals, and nutrients. You might want to speak with a medical professional for more guidance on eating healthy and what foods can help keep your elderly loved one’s eyes healthy.
Preventing diminished eyesight is important, especially for an elderly person. As a family caregiver, you can start by encouraging your elderly loved one to use the tips you found here today. Remember to be patient and understanding because it can be difficult for people to change their lifestyle.