Home Care in Madison FL
May is Healthy Vision Month, but eye health is something that should be on everyone’s mind all year long. Eyesight is one of the most important senses we have. Without good eyesight, quality of life is drastically reduced. Simple things like seeing a loved one, watching a favorite television show, or even simply walking from one room to another, are impacted. Vision is so important, yet so easy to take for granted. Here are a few startling facts from the CDC (Centers for Disease Control and Prevention):
- As of 2004, blindness or low vision affects more than 3.3 million Americans aged 40 years and older; this number is predicted to double by 2030 due to the increasing epidemics of diabetes and other chronic diseases and our rapidly aging U.S. population.
- An estimated 61 million adults in the United States are at high risk for serious vision loss, but only half visited an eye doctor in the past 12 months.
- The National Commission on Prevention Priorities has identified vision screening among adults aged 65 years and older as one of the top 10 priorities among effective clinical preventive services.
- Visual impairment and blindness affect an estimated 3.4 million U.S. adults aged 40 years and above. The leading causes of visual impairment and blindness are diabetic retinopathy and age-related eye diseases (cataracts, macular degeneration, and glaucoma).
Anyone who is over the age of 40 is at greatest risk for eye disease. This includes, cataracts, glaucoma, age-related macular degeneration, and diabetic retinopathy.
Food also plays an important part in eye health. Make sure your mom is getting enough vitamins C, E, and zinc. Carotids like beta-carotene, lutein and zeaxanthin are also important for good eye health. You can find carotids in dark, leafy greens, broccoli, egg yolks, and carrots. And don’t forget the omega-3 fatty acids found in fish.
Eye health should be an important factor in your mom’s home care. Some of the things that can be done to protect her eyes are to make sure she has regular visits with her eye doctor. Many conditions can be treated if caught early, or avoided with education on what she needs to do to maintain eye health.
If you or an aging loved one are considering home care in Madison, FL, please call the caring staff at Hopewell In-Home Senior Care today at 850-386-5552. Providing Senior Care Services in North Florida.
Source: Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Prevalence of Disabilities and Associated Health Conditions Among Adults
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