Senior Home Safety in Lexington NC
Just because summer is over doesn’t mean we can throw caution to the wind and not pay attention to some little details that protect us during those hotter months. One of those details is eye protection.
For seniors, it becomes essential to protect their eyesight as much as possible. As people get older, the risk of developing certain vision related problems increases. That could include glaucoma, macular degeneration, cataracts, and much more. Some of those are exacerbated by the sun’s ultraviolet radiation.
Just because the sun is not as hot or intense as it used to be, and just because it is not shining as long throughout the day as it was in June, July, or August, that doesn’t mean it’s time to put away those sunglasses, especially for elderly individuals.
Below are three great reasons why it’s still important to consider proper eye-wear for seniors during fall, winter, and spring.
Reason #1: The sun’s UV rays.
The sun’s ultraviolet radiation is still just as intense as it was during summer. Even when there’s cloud cover, the ultraviolet rays are getting through. That means they could be impacting a person’s eyesight without them even realizing it.
The sun’s ultraviolet radiation penetrates through every single day of the year, regardless of whether it’s full sun, partly cloudy, or a bit overcast. It’s a good idea to have a couple of different pairs of sunglasses, but they should be wraparound and relatively dark, especially for those brighter, sunny days.
Reason #2: Wind blowing leaves and other debris around.
When it gets cold and windy out, the wind is going to be blowing the leaves around. It could be blowing other debris around as well. If any of that debris hits the eye, it can cause a great deal of irritation. It can also scratch the eye.
If a scratch on the eye becomes infected, it can cause a corneal ulcer. That would be extremely painful and has the potential to lead to permanent vision damage.
Reason #3: Increased risks of glaucoma and other vision related problems.
As mentioned previously, when people get older the risk of certain vision related problems increases. The best way to help reduce these risks is to properly protect their eyes. The best way to do that when going outside is to use proper sunglasses or other eye protection.
Encourage the senior to visit their eye care professional for a checkup and recommendations with regard to what glasses or sunglasses are optimal for them at this time.
If you or an aging loved one are considering home care to improve senior home safety in Lexington, NC, contact the caring professionals at TenderHearted Home Care today. Call us at 704-612-4132
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