One of the things that many elderly people are worried about is their eye health. They worry that they will experience issues with their vision. Is this something that you or your elderly loved one is worried about or you are worried for them? If so, there are some tips that can help your loved one to develop better eye health. At Kells Home Healthcare we encourage our clients to use their independence and abilities to better different aspects of their health on a daily basis.
Annual Eye Doctor Appointment
It is important that you or your elderly loved one is going to their annual eye doctor appointment. As you or your loved one ages, their body is going to change. This means that their eye health and vision could change, as well. Attending this annual appointment can help the eye doctor to determine any eye health issues early on. If you can’t take your loved one to the appointment, you can have an elderly care provider take them.
Watching Out for Hazards
If your elderly loved one likes to use power tools or engages in activities that may have the potential of debris getting into their eyes, they should always wear goggles. The goggles can help to protect their eyes for debris and from being scratched. If your elderly loved one won’t wear goggles unless someone is there making sure they do so, you can hire elderly care providers to keep an eye on them.
Avoiding Dangerous Elements
Is your elderly loved one a cigarette smoker? Do they spend a lot of time out in the sun? Does your elderly loved one sit in front of electronics all day long? The smoke from the cigarettes, the UV rays from the sun, and staring at electronics can all lead to macular degeneration and other eye diseases. It is important that your elderly loved one protects their eyes from all these things. You might have to sit down to talk to your loved one about how they can better protect their eyes. Perhaps incorporating some time for eye strengthening exercises.
Spot Vision Change Early
If your elderly loved one notices any vision changes, they shouldn’t wait until their annual eye doctor appointment to get it checked out. They should schedule an appointment sooner and be proactive. At Kells Home Healthcare we do monitor eye health and will inform you if your loved ones vision has changed
There are many ways that you can help yourself or an elderly loved one to have better eye health. If you follow the tips mentioned above, you can help your loved one to prevent eye diseases and vision changes. You can also help them to see better for longer.