Glaucoma is a group of diseases that damages the optic nerve leading to vision impairment and can be especially prevalent in seniors. As people age, the fluid in their eye begins to move more slowly creating increased pressure that can damage the delicate nerves. Luckily, there are some easy ways to help prevent glaucoma.
- Get regular eye exams. Seniors should get an eye exam at least every year if not every six months. The optometrist will dilate the senior’s eyes to specifically check for glaucoma.
- Exercise. High blood pressure can be related to high pressure within the eye. Exercise is a great natural way to regulate blood pressure and so reduce the risk of glaucoma.
- Eat fish. Omega-3 oils and DHA found in fish can promote eye health. DHA is found in high concentrations in the retina and can reduce macular degeneration. If you’re not too fond of fish, you can take a high quality fish oil supplement to get the nutrients you need.
- Eat your greens. Lutein, an important nutrient for eyesight, is found in green vegetables such as kale, broccoli, and spinach. Egg yolks are also a good source of lutein if greens aren’t your thing.
- Avoid trans fats. Trans fats are considered the worst kind of fat for good reason. Not only are they linked to macular degeneration, but they also appear to interfere with how Omega-3 fats work in the body.
Glaucoma is a serious condition, but by leading a healthy lifestyle and getting regular eye exams you can give your eyes the best chance at a normal and healthy life!
Freedom Home Care is taking the month of January to highlight Glaucoma because it is Glaucoma Awareness Month. We encourage you to talk to your doctor if you are having any problems with your eyes.