As seniors age, the muscles of their eyes weaken and their eyes’ lenses change shape. This can cause many vision issues for seniors, including vision loss. However, a 2010 study conducted by researchers from the University of California Riverside showed some eye exercises can boost vision in people over the age of 65 in just two days. These exercises work out the eye muscles and prevent age-related vision problems.
1. Switching Focus
Switching focus prevents eye muscles from becoming weakened due to inactivity, which happens when seniors frequently look at something the same distance away. To switch focus, a senior should look at a close-up object, then look at an object roughly 30 feet away before shifting eye focus back to the closer object.
Aging adults can also boost their eye health by making healthy lifestyle choices. Not every senior has the same care needs, which means they don’t all need the same type of homecare. University Park families can rely on Home Care Assistance to provide individualized care plans to meet your elderly loved one’s unique care needs. Our holistic Balanced Care Method was designed to help seniors focus on healthy lifestyle habits such as eating nutritious foods, exercising regularly, and maintaining strong social ties, and our Cognitive Therapeutics Method offers mentally stimulating activities that can stave off cognitive decline and delay the onset of dementia.
2. Focusing on Close Objects
Your loved one should hold a pen, pencil, or similar object at arm’s length and focus both eyes on the object, then slowly bring the object closer until it’s about six inches from his or her nose and slowly move the object backward until it’s once again at arm’s length. Your parent should perform this exercise 10 times to enhance his or her visual acuity.
3. Scanning Rooms
This exercise is best done in a room with several objects. Your loved one should sit comfortably and then look at each item in the room, starting on one side and slowly scanning over each item. The motion should be smooth and slow as your loved one carefully focuses on each item.
Vision loss can make it challenging for seniors to live alone safely. Living independently is important for seniors who want to maintain a high quality of life. For some, this simply means receiving help with tasks that have become more challenging to manage over time. Even when families have the best intentions, they may not have the time to provide the care their elderly loved ones need and deserve. If your loved one needs help for a few hours a day or a few days a week, reach out to Home Care Assistance, a trusted provider of respite care University Park seniors can depend on.
4. Doing Imaginary Tic-Tac-Toe
Encourage your loved one to hold a finger in the air at a distance from the eyes so he or she has slight double vision. Your loved one should then imagine a tic-tac-toe board around the finger and slowly move the finger to each square on the board as his or her eyes follow the finger.
5. Alternating Eyes
Some seniors have eye problems because they rely on one eye more than the other to see. This exercise works out each individual eye so neither one becomes weak. To do this exercise, have your loved one cover one eye with a hand while continuously looking at different objects at varying distances. After doing this for a short time, your loved one can switch eyes.
6. Rolling the Eyes
Have your loved one open his or her eyes and roll them in a clockwise direction five to ten times. Then instruct him or her to switch directions and roll his or her eyes in a counterclockwise motion. This loosens the muscles around the eyes and prevents eye strain.
A home caregiver can help your loved one perform these exercises to strengthen his or her eyes. There are many reasons seniors might need assistance at home. Some may require regular mental stimulation due to an Alzheimer’s diagnosis, while others might only need part-time assistance with exercise and basic household tasks. Home Care Assistance is a leading homecare provider. Families rely on our expertly trained caregivers to help their senior loved ones maintain a high quality of life. Call us today at (214) 363-3400 to discuss how we can give you the peace of mind that comes from knowing your loved one is being cared for with professionalism and compassion.