Alpine Eye Care offers many services to residents of the northern Michigan communities of Grayling, Gaylord and Cheboygan including the seniors of our communities. Committed to all our patients, we understand that our senior patients have specific needs. Problems such as cataracts, age related macular degeneration and glaucoma are just a few of the issues faced by seniors and while some may be prevented, others may only be slowed which is why early detection is important. To assist in helping our seniors enjoy better vision longer, here are a few tips to consider. Your eyes are a gift, take care of them.
Get regular exams – When we are over 40, eye exams should be become a regular part of our check up routine just like any other annual exam and if we have damage or health issues relating to our eyes, exams may be required even more often. Those who suffer from diabetes or other risk factors may need exams more frequently to get problems under control or repair damage before it is too late. If you notice any changes or have any concerns, it is never too early to get an eye exam. No matter how healthy your eyes are, it is up to you to be sure that you monitor your eyes and the best way to ensure your eye health is by getting regular exams.
Wear sunglasses – The sun, more specifically, UV rays, can cause damage to your eyes much like it can damage your skin. To avoid damage from UV rays, always wear sunglasses with UV protection when outdoors.
Wear a Hat – While sunglasses are helpful, a hat is that one extra layer of protection your eyes need. If you are planning on being out for any long period of time working in the year or even golfing or just relaxing, put on a hat.
Take Your Vitamins – Vitamins such as A, C and E and others found in multi vitamins and in many vegetables have been shown to be great for your eyes including promoting eye health.
Don’t Smoke – Smoking has been shown to promote some eye diseases in addition to just being bad for your overall health and well being. If you don’t smoke, don’t start and if you do, consider quitting.
Rest Your Eyes – Your eyes can become strained when looking at something for a long period of time and they need to be rested. While sleeping is a great way to relax your eyes, it is also important that during the day, you take a break from reading or watching tv for example, to give your eyes a rest.
If you are a senior and live in or around the communities of Grayling ,Gaylord or Cheboygan and are looking for a senior eye care provider, contact Alpine Eye Care. Call us at 1-877-SEE-2020 or online here.