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The Five Best Ways Seniors with Cataracts can Impede the Condition’s Progression

By Debbie Humphrey

Don’t you just love the Sunshine State and especially Dunedin? Snowbirds flock here every winter, and most residents participate in water sports, hit the links, go boating or sailing, and take advantage of any number of outdoor activities during the summer months. This is all fine and good, unless you suffer with cataracts.

The powerful glare and ultraviolet (UV) rays, courtesy of the sun, negatively affect seniors with cataracts in Dunedin, distorting their vision, and many times, hindering it all together. It is not only glare from the sun, but it is also reflections on the water, roadway lights and vehicle headlights at night.

Here are the five best ways to impede the progression of cataracts:

  1. See an eye care professional for regular eye examinations and cataract screenings.
  2. Protect your eyes from dangerous UV rays by wearing sunglasses that block UV light and wear wide-brimmed hats while outdoors to further shield your eyes and skin.
  3. Carefully manage health conditions like diabetes to avoid complications that arise as a result of systemic diseases.
  4. Reduce your risk of eye injury by wearing protective goggles during athletic activity and when working around dangerous chemicals or in situations that could lead to eye injury.
  5. Eat a nutritious diet including eye-healthy foods that are packed with Vitamin C and beta carotene.

Diminished eyesight in seniors with cataracts is most commonly seen in people age 75 and over. This is a seriously problematic condition when it comes to driving, managing finances, taking proper medications, and participating in basic daily activities.

If you know a senior with cataracts in Dunedin who suffers with visual impairment due to this dreadful condition, and surgical options lie down the road, or are not in the cards, consider a free in-home consultation with Home Helpers to discuss options for assistance with personal care, transportation, light housekeeping, grocery shopping, reminders about prescribed medications, and more. A perfectly-suited, professional caregiver may be the clear choice when cataracts impair your vision or that of a loved one.

Source: ElderIssues.com, LifeLedger