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How to Enhance Vision in Older Adults

Most seniors experience some vision loss as they age. However, with a few healthy lifestyle choices, they can minimize their chances of severe vision impairment. Here are a few ways older adults can boost their ocular health.

Change the Diet

Eating carrots can boost vision because they contain beta-carotene, which the body converts into vitamin A. Vitamin A is essential to eye health because it promotes the production of cone and rod cells in the eyes. While carrots are an important component of a vision-friendly diet, they are by no means the only food that promotes ocular health. There are many other foods that contain vitamin A, including squash and sweet potatoes. Vision is also enhanced by vitamin C, which can be found in oranges, green peppers, strawberries, and Brussels sprouts. A senior’s diet should also be rich in carotenoids like lutein and zeaxanthin, which protect the retina from oxidative damage. These key carotenoids can be found in vegetables like kale, broccoli, peas, and spinach.

Maintaining eye health is also about what seniors should avoid eating. Unhealthy foods with too much sugar or saturated fat can increase the chances of developing ocular disorders. Seniors who want to boost their vision should avoid fatty, fried foods and sugar-filled desserts and opt for meals full of lean meats, whole grains, fruits, and vegetables.

Seniors who need help preparing nutrient-rich meals should consider professional home care. In Philadelphia, home care providers can benefit aging adults in a variety of ways. From cooking nutritious meals to offering timely medication reminders, the dedicated caregivers at Home Care Assistance are available to help your elderly loved one 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. 

Take Supplements

Many seniors find dietary supplements are an effective way to enhance eye health. Most vision supplements contain vitamins and minerals like zinc, vitamins E and C, and beta-carotene. While many of these minerals can be found in foods, taking a supplement every day ensures seniors never miss their daily intake of key nutrients. Before taking vision supplements, seniors should always consult with a medical professional.

Perform Vision Exercises

Vision exercises strengthen the eye muscles, which can boost visual acuity and stave off degeneration. When the eyes are feeling tired or sore, seniors can place their palms over their eyes and apply a gentle amount of pressure. Because eye tension can put too much strain on a senior’s eyes, it’s important to recognize when the eyes need a break. To strengthen the muscles in the eye, seniors should look left and right then up and down and repeat this pattern for several minutes.

Vision loss is one of the most serious health concerns in older adults. Seniors living with serious health conditions often need extensive assistance in and outside the home. Home Care Assistance is a trusted provider of 24-hour care. Philadelphia Home Care Assistance provides caregivers who are expertly trained to assist seniors with bathing, grooming, light housekeeping, and various other daily tasks, and we also offer specialized Alzheimer’s, dementia, stroke, and Parkinson’s care.

Wear Sunglasses

Most people have experienced the pain of sunburn. The harsh UV rays that burn the skin can also damage the eyes. Whenever seniors go outside, they should protect their eyes by wearing sunglasses. Studies show excessive UV exposure can cause cataracts and other vision-related issues. When selecting sunglasses, seniors should look for pairs that block 100 percent of UVA and UVB rays.

Seniors can boost their eye health by making several healthy lifestyle choices. If your elderly loved one needs help maintaining healthy habits, consider hiring a professional caregiver. Families can rely on Home Care Assistance Philadelphia to provide dedicated and compassionate in-home caregivers who are trained in our holistic Balanced Care Method, which was designed to encourage seniors to exercise often, eat nutritious foods, maintain strong social ties, and focus on other lifestyle factors that promote longevity. To learn about our high-quality in-home care plans, give us a call at (215) 645.4663 or (484) 643.4663 today.

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