Can You Prevent Cataracts?
For those aged 40 years and over, approximately 1 in every 6 people throughout the United States are living with cataracts. For those who are aged 80 years and over, this number increases to 50 percent, or 1 in every 2 people. Cataracts are a clouding of the lens of the eye that compromises vision and can eventually lead to blindness. Though generally associated with aging, there are some risk factors that can further increase the chances that your elderly parent will develop these cataracts during their later years. As a family caregiver, understanding these risk factors can help you to reduce your parent’s risk of cataracts and protect their vision as they age in place.
Some ways that you can help your parent prevent cataracts include:
• Visit the eye doctor regularly. While seeing the eye doctor will not prevent cataracts from forming, they can allow the doctor to detect the early signs of this and other serious eye problems such as macular degeneration and glaucoma. This early detection can allow the doctor to plan intervention that can minimize negative impact on vision.
• Eat a healthy diet. What your parent eats makes a tremendous difference on all aspects of your parent’s health and well-being, including their vision. Encourage your senior to eat a diet that is rich in antioxidants and omega-3 fatty acids, as well as vitamins and minerals, to support their eye health throughout their life.
• Stop smoking. If your senior uses tobacco, encourage them to stop. Smoking puts strain on the nerves and blood vessels of the eyes, putting your parent’s eye health at risk.
• Guard them from the sun. The ultraviolet rays of the sun are dangerous for a variety of reasons, but the risk for the eyes is often overlooked. Exposure to these rays can cause serious damage to the eyes, including increasing the lifetime risk of developing cataracts. Protect your parent’s eyes in the sun with sunglasses rated for UV protection and a wide-brimmed hat.
If your elderly loved one is dealing with new health challenges, you have found that your efforts are not as effective as you would want them to be or are not able to be with them as frequently as they need, or you simply feel that they would benefit from having more people involved in their care, now may be the ideal time to consider hiring a senior care provider for them. A senior home care services provider can work with you to create a customized schedule that will ensure they are with your senior when they need it to provide a highly personalized set of services designed to specifically address their needs. This helps your parent to stay happy, safe, healthy, and comfortable while also pursuing a lifestyle that is more active, engaged, and independent as they age in place. This can include safe and reliable transportation, assistance with activities of daily living and personal care, mobility assistance, and companionship to support a better quality of life throughout their later years.
If you or an aging senior in your life are considering senior care in Laguna Beach CA, please contact the caring staff at In Home Care Solutions today. Call (949) 239-0488 to speak with our caring staff.
Dr. Kay got her medical education in Brazil.
Dr. Kay also has a master degree in Film and Television from UCLA and has been an adviser for medical television shows.
Dr. Kay is very active in the Health Industry. She is a member of the American Board of Home Care, the National Association of Home Care, CAHSAH, California Association of Health Services at Home. She co-chairs the education committee for the Down with Falls Coalition. Dr. Kay is in the speaker’s bureau for the coalition helping educate health care professionals and the community on fall risks, diabetes, adverse drug reaction, dementia, Parkinson’s disease, dehydration and nutrition, etc…. for older adults.
Dr. Kay was nominated by the National Association of Women Business Owners (NAWBO) as the Remarkable Woman of 2008.
Dr. Kay is actively involved in many philanthropy and non-profit organizationssuch as the American Cancer Society, Susan G. Komen, the Philharmonic Society, Women Helping Women, Youth Employment Services, E-Women, Women Sage, Plasticos Foundation, CIELO and others.
Dr. Kay’s passion is to assist seniors to live long and thrive in the comfort of their own home.
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