More often than not, most seniors’ eyesight has already deteriorated to a point, and deteriorates more and more, the older they get. This is a natural process in most cases. This is not to say, however, that everyone has to face a sightless retirement. There are any number of treatments available today for various vision problems and/or conditions. Let us look at some things we should know about our eyesight.
Ways to Keep Our Eyes Healthy
To the overall health of every individual, eyes are a crucial factor. To keep them healthy, there are numerous things that can be done which all retirement-age individuals should know. Some of those are as follows:
- Wear dark/tinted glasses when in the bright sunlight
- Use protective eyewear
- No smoking
- Consume foods high in omega-3 fatty acids and/or vitamins C, A, and E
- Eat leafy green vegetables
- Maintain a weight considered healthy for you
- Be aware of your family’s history where eye health is concerned
- Get the right kind of eye exam (comprehensive dilated)… and more
Let’s check out some statistics where eye health is concerned.
Windows to the World
Our eyes help us take in everything that surrounds us at school, home, at work, and more. Here are some statistics you may not be aware of:
- For an eye-related injury, someone in the U.S. goes to the hospital every 13 minutes.
- Every year, in the workplace, more than 800,000 eye injuries occur.
- Most Americans don’t think an eye problem exists for themselves. Some 60%, in fact. This would account for the fact an eye exam has never been experienced by approximately 10% of adults.
- Serious vision loss is a definite risk in the United States for approximately 61 million adults.
By the year 2030, eye disease projections include the following:
- 7 million people will have AMD (age-related macular degeneration)
- 2 million people will have glaucoma
- 4 million people will have diabetic retinopathy
Treatments for Current Conditions
One of the most common conditions that lead to vision deterioration is cataracts. The removal and replacement of an affected lens with an artificial lens is one treatment.
Various other situations:
- For amblyopia, restoration therapy may be of help.
- Retinal gene therapy is a promising new treatment for macular degeneration.
- For people with astigmatism, who are farsighted, or nearsighted, Lasik surgery may be an option.
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Even the most independent retirement age adults could use a little socialization and assistance now and then. So, in addition to caring for their vision, your loved one could likely use some assistance with daily activities, additional opportunities for socialization, and more. Everything your loved one needs or could possibly desire is located in one amazing location – Conservatory At Plano. Our amenities are so impressive that our community is less like a retirement village and more like a resort.
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