Quick Guide to Optimum Eye Health for Seniors

The French philosopher Jean Paul Sartre once said that the more sand that has escaped from the hourglass of life, the clearer we should see through it. Metaphorically, that is. However, when it comes to literally having crystal clear vision, the reverse is more likely to happen as one gets older. Here at our Fairbanks optical practice, we have helped seniors improve and maintain their quality of lives through our comprehensive eye health services — ranging from surgery to laser services.

If you’re already beyond 60 years old, the following may help you avoid the common eye problems associated with advancing age:

  • Keep your health problems in check.  Let’s say you have diabetes. The condition increases your risk of developing diabetic eye disease (may include diabetic retinopathy, glaucoma, or cataract) as a complication. In addition to diabetes, thyroid problems and high blood pressure are the common conditions that will most likely lead to vision loss as a complication. Thus, it is crucial for you to make sure that the aforementioned conditions are well-controlled through medications and lifestyle revisions.
  • Sleep.  Although the amount and quality of sleep can diminish as one get older, getting enough amount of sleep is necessary to keep your eyes continuously lubricated and clear out irritants from your eyes such as dust and other allergens.
  • Exercise regularly. It doesn’t really matter whether it’s cardio or strength training as long as your blood circulation is improved. Your eyes need sufficient amounts of oxygen to be able to function properly and oxygen will be pumped more efficiently when you have excellent circulation.
  • Wear protective eye wear when it’s necessary. Moreover, take measures to reduce your risk of falls as both balance and vision may deteriorate as you age such as securing railings and cushioning sharp corners and edges at home. Acquiring slip-proof rugs and mats may also prove to be beneficial.
  • Visit your eye doctor regularly and have yourself screened for the vision problems that commonly occurs among seniors such as cataract and glaucoma.

Your Routine Eye Checkups at the Mountain View Medical Center

The Mountain View Medical Center is manned by ophthalmologists, optometrists, and opticians! We offer a state-of-the art medical center with warm and friendly staff working together to care for our patients. We understand how important visual performance and eye health are for a person’s quality of life and we strive for excellence in providing complete eye care needs.

Get in touch with us today by calling (907) 328-2920 or by filling out this contact form! We look forward to your visit!

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