October brings our focus to several prevention topics, including very important Breast Cancer Awareness. A lesser known, but still important prevention, is addressed through October’s National Home Eye Safety Month. Our second of three installments in our October Prevention Series focuses on home eye safety. Ensure you know the common risks and how to avoid eye injuries at home. We’re also expanding this installment to include recommendations on how aging parents can maintain their eye health after 60 and through their lives. Prevention is a common theme within eye safety and eye health.
According to the American Academy of Ophthalmology at Aao.org, nearly half of all eye injuries occur at home, yet only 35% of Americans wear protective eyewear during projects that could pose a threat to their eyes.
- When you are cleaning, doing home improvement projects, or yard work, don protective eyewear, which reduces your risk for an eye injury by 90%.
- AAO.org recommends American National Standards Institute (“ANSI”) certified protective eyewear during these projects, which range from about $3 to $20 on Amazon.com (hyperlink). You may choose to purchase a few pairs, to store in different places including where you store home cleaning supplies, in your work room and in your garage. This will help encourage you to use them because they will be readily available when you need them. Share a pair with your aging parent, too.
Now that you’ve improved your home eye safety, you can help maintain your aging loved one’s eye health by following the American Optometric Association’s eye health schedule at Aoa.org:
- To maintain your vision from age 60 and on, plan to see a medical doctor of optometry annually for a thorough medical eye examination. Many eye diseases are not immediately detectable, and by the time you experience symptoms, the disease may have progressed to a point where treatment is less effective or not effective at all.
Per Medicare.gov, while Medicare doesn’t cover routine eye exams (sometimes called “eye refractions”) for eyeglasses or contact lenses, Medicare Part B (Medical Insurance) covers some preventive and diagnostic eye exams including a yearly eye exam, glaucoma and macular degeneration tests.
The following are some vision disorders to check at your annual exam:
- Age-related macular degeneration (AMD)
- Diabetic retinopathy
- Dry eye
- Retinal detachment
Maintaining your vision is a key component to being safe and independent at home. Cooperative Home Care tailors our services to help older adults remain as independent as possible in their homes. Often, a willingness to accept help with some tasks is going to improve your aging loved one’s overall independence. Home care is also going to provide tremendous peace of mind that they are safe and happy at home. Contact our Intake Nurse to schedule your free assessment today!