Vision problems are common among seniors for a number of reasons. Whether it is age-related macular degeneration, cataracts or glaucoma, living with impaired vision can be a challenge for older adults and caregivers alike, but there are some ways to help them maintain their independence.
Lighting can play a big role in helping seniors with visual impairment see better. For instance, those with glaucoma often require higher levels of light, but are more sensitive to glares. To help, experts suggest targeting light directly at certain tasks, such as reading or other hobbies. Additionally, it’s important to avoid having bright lights shining in dark rooms and to cover reflective surfaces to avoid glare.
It’s also critical for in home care providers to help seniors with vision problems get around the house. In this case, lighting can play a role once again, such as with under counter lighting, but so can helping the elderly use assistive devices including canes. Helping them keep paths free of debris is also crucial.
Caregivers can also help seniors follow a smart diet aimed at preserving their ocular health. Two nutrients in particular, lutein and zeaxanthin, are often associated with eyesight and are commonly found in broccoli, spinach and Brussels sprouts