Glaucoma, caused by an increased pressure in the eye that leads to distorted vision, is one of the leading reasons for eyesight loss for those above 65. While there is no cure for glaucoma, there are steps that you can take to prevent glaucoma or hinder its progression.
Wear Eye Protection
Serious eye injuries can often result in glaucoma. This is why it is a good idea to keep your eyes protected every day. If you are heading out to an area with heavy machinery, playing sports, or doing any other sort of activity that could pose a risk to your eyes, it is encouraged for you to wear safety glasses. Protecting your eyes from the sun is also important as UV rays are harmful to the eyes. Wearing a hat with a brim to shield your eyes, or a pair of high-quality sunglasses when you’re out can help to prevent glaucoma.
Get Plenty of Exercises
Regular exercise is a great way to lower eye pressure. That said, there are certain exercises that require you to be in an inverted position, which increases pressure on the eyes. If you are in any doubt, it’s best to check with a doctor or a specialist about what exercises are safe for you to perform. Moderate exercise routines are beneficial for those in their golden years, with a walk or a simple jog a few times a week being a good way to lower your eye pressure.
If you are on prescribed medication, taking it will help prevent your glaucoma from progressing. For the eye drops to be effective, you need to take them regularly, as directed by your doctor. If you have arthritis or any other condition that impedes movement, you may have difficulty taking your drops. If this is the case, do get a loved one to help. At TerraBella Summit, our Assisted Living program provides assistance for those who need help with grooming and personal care.
Keep Your Blood Pressure and Insulin Levels in Check
As your insulin levels rise, so will your blood pressure. This, in turn, causes your eye pressure to increase. Insulin resistance is one of the main causes of glaucoma and is interlinked with a constant elevation in eye pressure. Maintaining healthy blood pressure levels is one way you can prevent glaucoma.
To avoid high blood pressure and insulin resistance, avoid eating too much sugar and grains. These foods should be eaten in small quantities or avoided completely: cereal, bread, rice, potatoes, and pasta.
Visit a Doctor Regularly
Scheduling regular eye exams allows doctors to detect glaucoma while it is still in its early stages, thus letting them treat the disease while it can still be reversed. A comprehensive eye exam once every 2 years after the age of 65 is a good way to prevent glaucoma, or at least to hinder its progress.
Holistic Care for Your Eyes
Taking care of your eyes involves everything from physical protection, to exercise, to diet and doctor’s visits. TerraBella Summit’s Dimensions Health & Fitness program is curated so that you are taken care of on a holistic level. Why not contact us today to find out more?