October is Home Eye Safety Month. That may seem peculiar to some but paying attention to eye safety is one of the most important ways to keep seniors healthy, safe, and fall free. A month that focuses on eye safety provides an opportunity to discuss all the things that contribute to eye health; nutrition, exercise, vitamins, and eliminating smoking.
First and foremost, there are many things to specifically avoid for the sake of good eye health.
Choosing foods rich in antioxidants such as leafy green vegetables and fish will help keep the eyes healthy.
Wearing sunglasses in old age is very important.
Exercise is good for the eyes, just as it is for the rest of the body. With regular movement, the blood gets flowing, improving circulation. With improved blood circulation, oxygen levels are improved as well as the removal of toxins. This in turn can improve the eyes, which are fed by many tiny blood vessels.
If the senior participates in hobbies like gardening, home repair, woodworking or any other hobby that may create small shards, splinters and dust, provide them with safety eyewear. Impress upon them the importance of eye safety, and the major impact that an eye injury would have on their daily life.
Seniors need to get moving, to get blood flowing and oxygen pumping through the lungs, heart and yes, the eyes. Don’t stare at the computer for too long, and wear sunglasses when the sun is high and bright. There’s a lot a senior can do at home to make sure their eyes are the best they can be. Healthy eyes help to see life clearly and enjoy the best life has to offer.