March 6-12 is Save Your Vision Week

Senior Care in Great Falls VA

 

Did you know that vision loss and several vision impairing eye disorders can be prevented by getting routine eye exams?  Millions of Senior-Care-in-Great-Falls-VAAmericans suffer from poor vision, vision loss, and even blindness.  March 6th through the 12th has been dedicated as Save Your Vision Week to spread awareness about the importance of getting routine eye exams and basic eye care.  Eye care and check-ups with the eye doctor are especially important for seniors.  Seniors are at risk for many different eye conditions that can affect sight (some even permanently) such as glaucoma and cataracts.  This Save Your Vision Week, encourage your senior loved ones to think about their eye health.  Here are just a few examples of some things they can do to improve their eye care:

 

Schedule an Eye Exam

If it has been a long time since their last eye exam, encourage your loved ones to get one on the books.  At their appointment, they can find out from the doctor how often they should be getting routine eye exams (some recommend every year or every two years, depending on the patient).  Eye exams are a great way for seniors to find out if their eyeglass or contact prescription needs to be updated, or if they are showing signs of other eye conditions, such as glaucoma or cataracts.

 

Wear Sunglasses

Ultraviolet rays from the sun can be damaging to the eyes and eyesight.  Seniors should wear sunglasses when outdoors to protect their eyes from these damaging rays.

 

Prevent Computer Related Eye Strain

Sitting too close to a computer screen or looking at one for too long can cause computer eye strain which leads to headaches, dry eyes, and more.  When using a computer for work, reading, or browsing, seniors should give their eyes a break every 20 minutes to avoid computer related eye strain.

 

Prevent Dryness

Dry eyes can feel irritated and uncomfortable.  To prevent dry eyes, run a humidifier in the home especially during the winter when indoor heating can cause dry air.  In addition, small amounts of caffeinated beverages can help the eyes produce tears.  Two cups of coffee or tea per day can benefit dry eyes. However, consuming too much caffeine can actually cause dry eyes.

 

If you or an aging loved one are considering senior care in Great Falls, VA, please call the friendly staff at Philia Care today at 202-607-2525.

 

Source:  http://www.webmd.com/eye-health/features/tips-for-healthy-eyes