It’s not a secret that as we age, so do our eyes and our ability to see. Generally speaking, the older you get, the more prone you become to eye-related problems. The good news is that there are many ways for seniors and adults approaching senior age to take care of their eyes. In order to ensure that your eyes age well and maintain their good health throughout your twilight years, you’ll need to do some simple techniques and adapt to some simple life changes.
Practice The Fundamentals of Good Hygiene
Simply adhering to the common practices of good hygiene can help save you from certain optic conditions. Seniors are much more prone to catch infections. For instance, Optic Neuritis is a common disease that often manifests in just one eye. It’s caused by an inflammation of the optic nerve, resulting in pain, vision loss, and the reduced ability to see color. Optic Neurosis is 50% likely to be caused by a post-viral immune reaction. Because it’s an autoimmune disease, one of the easiest ways to prevent Optic Neurosis is minimize your risk of catching respiratory infections. In short, the same hygienic basics recommended for avoiding the common cold can also lower your risk of acquiring this condition. This includes washing your hands properly, covering your nose while sneezing, and not touching your face with dirty hands.
You Are What You Eat
Although it seems like common sense, a lot of people are still unaware of just how much what they eat can determine whether or not their eyes can resist diseases. But as you’ve just read, preventing the common cold can prevent eye diseases, and another way to prevent the common cold is to adjust your diet for a healthy immune system. Apart from Optic Neuritis, another eye condition that can be thwarted by a stalwart diet is Diabetic Retinopathy (DR) and other diabetes-related eye diseases. The risk of diabetes increases as you age, which is why it is important to do everything you can to avoid it. The National Eye Institute (NEI) states that maintaining a healthy diet can either delay or prevent vision loss due to diabetic eye disease. And if you don’t have diabetes, you can prevent it by actively cutting refined carbs and sugars from your daily food intake, following a low-carb diet, and watching your portions. The NEI also notes how regular exercise can play a large part in preventing such diseases.
Get Regular Check-Ups
Regular visits to the optometrist will give your eyes the best chance of staying healthy. Here at LKC Technologies, our RETeval® device provides eye care professionals with an accurate way of performing a full-field flash electroretinogram (ERG) test. ERG tests measure the retina’s responses to light, and based on the strength and timing of the responses, eye care professionals can determine whether your eyes are healthy or in need of immediate treatment. Apart from general eye health, it’s been used to optimize anti-VEGF injections in older adults for treating ischemic diseases, including vein occlusions, AMD, diabetic retinopathy (DR), and diabetic macular edema (DME).
The more we age, the more prone our eyes are to disease. However, the more you abide by these aforementioned techniques, the better you can avoid being yet another statistic in the U.S. healthcare system, which is currently struggling to meet projected demands. A post by Maryville University on the challenges nurses are currently facing, reveals that chronic illnesses are estimated to affect approximately 164 million Americans by 2025. They also note how the aging population here in the U.S. has spurred a greater demand for nurses and other healthcare professionals, which the industry is struggling to meet at both employment and graduate levels. This is why preventive measures are the best way to stay healthy and avoid addition healthcare costs. Medical News Today produced a list of diet changes you can make to ensure healthy eyes. Get regular check-ups to prevent or detect diseases for early treatment.
Exclusively written for lkc.com / Author: Reese Jones