This September, encourage your patients to participate in Healthy Aging Month. The goal of this observance is to focus on the positive aspects of aging among adults older than 45. There are more than 73 million baby boomers and 65 million Generation X-ers in the United States. As the population ages and lives longer, the need to prioritize health in our older years is increasingly important.
As their eye care professional, you are caring not only for patients’ eye health and vision, but overall wellness. Here are some tips you can share with patients on leading a healthy lifestyle and maintaining eye health.
Increasing the heart rate through aerobic exercise helps control and prevent hypertension, heart disease, stroke, diabetes, and depression. Research also finds that 150 minutes of weekly aerobic exercise of moderate intensity reduces the risk for glaucoma by 50 percent.
Oxidative stress is linked to heart disease, stroke, cancers, arthritis, immunodeficiencies, dementia, Parkinson’s disease, and inflammatory or ischemic diseases. In the eye, oxidative damage increases risk for dry eye, cataracts, glaucoma, age-related macular degeneration (AMD) and diabetic retinopathy.
Patients should consider increasing their intake of foods with:
Smoking cessation can greatly benefit patients’ health, even in longtime smokers. Studies show that damage from and risks of smoking are reversible:
Smoking is also associated with higher rates of cataracts, AMD, glaucoma, dry eye disease, thyroid eye disease, and diabetic retinopathy.
Ultraviolet and blue light from the sun contributes to oxidative processes within the eye, leading to cataracts and retinal damage such as AMD. Basal and squamous cell carcinomas are the most common cancers worldwide and are frequently found on the eyelid. Although these skin cancers rarely metastasize, they can be fatal if they do.
Preventative care becomes increasingly essential with age. Remind patients that annual eye exams are the best way to detect eye problems before symptoms arise. In addition, protecting the eyes from the sun and injury (such as from falls, cleaning chemicals, and home improvement projects) can prevent further damage.
R&D Optical Lab carries mirrored treatments, polarized treatments, performance tints, photochromic lenses, and other options to customize sunwear. We also have a wide selection of safety frames, such as ArmouRx. Your patients will enjoy the high-quality and fashionable options ArmouRx offers. If you already carry Titmus safety frames, let us replace them (at no cost to you) for ArmouRx frame samples. To find out more about our products, please visit our website RandDOptical.com or call us at 513-273-4034.
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