3 Tips to Protect the Eyes when Going Outside for Seniors

Home Care in Roswell, GA

July is Eye Injury Prevention Month and for any senior, whether they rely on extra care at home or not, there are some steps they can take to protect their eyesight in a reasonable manner.

It may not seem that there are many risks to a person’s eyesight, but as people age, various conditions can increase certain risk factors.

Here are three tips to keep in mind, regardless of whether the person is working with senior home services, relying on family or friends to help them out, or are still living independently without any assistance whatsoever.

Tip #1: Wear good sunglasses.

The best sunglasses for a person as they get older are dark lenses that wraparound their entire eye. Many younger people wear sunglasses that basically protect their eyes from the forward position. These are not effective at cutting the ultraviolet radiation down when it enters the eye from the peripheral side.

Just because direct sunlight is affecting the eye on its periphery doesn’t mean it’s not doing any damage. In fact, it can be just as harmful to be exposed to the sun’s UV rays on the peripheral side of one’s line of sight. Wraparound sunglasses are the best kind because they completely block out all ultraviolet rays from the sun.

Tip #2: Rely on eye protection if it is windy outside.

If there is high wind and no real sunlight, it may be tempting to avoid wearing sunglasses, but that can still expose the eyes to some potential injuries. Debris that’s flying around in the high winds can strike the eye, causing a laceration or other abrasion. This can lead to a corneal ulcer which can not only be extremely painful, it can also impact the field of vision, causing permanent vision loss.

Using goggles or some other type of eye protection may be necessary when going outside during extreme windy conditions.

Tip #3: Rely on a large brimmed.

Using a hat, whether it’s a baseball cap, a gardening or straw hat, or something else is a great addition to any sunglasses. Not only will this help to block out a great deal of the sun’s ultraviolet radiation from penetrating the skin, but it reduces the risk of it affecting eyesight even more.

When following these tips, just about any senior can protect themselves much more effectively from potential eye damage or injuries.

If you or an aging loved one are considering home care in Roswell, GA, contact the caring staff at Trumark Home Care. Call today (678) 820-6407.