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4 Ways Healthy Living Reduces the Risk of Glaucoma

Glaucoma is a medical condition in which excess intraocular pressure damages vision. It occurs when eye capillaries constrict and cannot support the flow of blood. Las Vegas, NV, elderly care specialists discuss a few dietary and lifestyle changes that may help delay the onset of glaucoma.      

1. Eat Leafy Green Salads

Leafy green vegetables such as kale and spinach can dilate the capillaries so more blood can flow through them. Seniors who are at risk of developing glaucoma should eat one to two full servings of leafy greens every day. 

2. Avoid Refined Sugar and Grains

When insulin levels spike, blood pressure can increase. Seniors with high blood pressure risk developing glaucoma. Avoiding refined sugars and grains can help regulate your loved one’s insulin levels and blood pressure. 

3. Switch Focus

Continuously staring at a screen can weaken eye muscles and increase the risk of glaucoma. Changing focus every few moments forces eye muscles to contract and reduces the pressure on the retinas, pupils, and lenses. Taking a break from looking at screens at least once an hour gives the eyes time to relax and refocus. 

4. Exercise Carefully

Regular exercise can lower blood pressure and regulate insulin levels. When exercising, seniors should refrain from any movements that pump extra blood to the head. Various yoga positions are bad for the eyes and should be avoided whenever possible. An experienced yoga instructor can suggest alternative positions with the same benefits.

Seniors may need encouragement and assistance in pursuing healthy habits. At Home Care Assistance, our tailored senior care plans can include healthy meal preparation, assistance with exercise, and mental stimulation activities to help your aging loved one stave off a number of health conditions. For high-quality respite or live-in care, Las Vegas, NV, residents can reach out to us at 702-550-3185.