Eyestrain is an extremely common problem but it can be irritating to deal with it. This is especially the case if your elderly family member starts to feel as if anything that’s different is a sign of weakness. Here are some tips that can help your senior to reduce the chance of experiencing straining vision.
Encourage Her to Wear Eyeglasses if She Needs Them.
Some people hate wearing eyeglasses, no matter how badly they need them. If that’s the case for your aging adult, you may need to remind her to wear her glasses, even though she doesn’t want to do so. Some aging adults also find it difficult to keep track of their glasses, so it might be a good idea to come up with a way for your elderly family member to keep her glasses easily on her person, like with an eyeglass chain. If her prescription is for drugstore readers, it may help to keep several pairs on hand.
Remind Her to Blink.
When your eyes blink, the eyelids help to disperse a layer of fresh tears across the surface of the eye itself. This helps to keep your eyes lubricated and comfortable. If your aging family member is experiencing drier eyes than usual, it’s possible that she’s blinking less often. When she’s concentrating on watching television or using a computer, it’s easy to become so focused that she forgets to blink.
She Needs to Give Her Eyes a Break.
No matter what your elderly family member is intensely focusing on, her eyes need a break now and again. The easiest way to do this is to remind her to spend a couple of minutes every so often focusing on something that is a different distance away. If she’s watching television across the room, for example, focusing on something closer to her allows different eye muscles to go to work. The reverse is true, too. When your elderly family member is spending a great deal of time reading or focusing on other close work, she needs to occasionally focus on something across the room.
Stay Alert for Changes.
You may be more likely to notice changes in your senior’s vision than she is, simply because you can observe her. if you notice that she’s squinting more than usual or she’s having trouble with her current eyeglass prescription, something about her vision may be changing. It’s time to visit the eye doctor just to be sure.
Remind your elderly family member that she doesn’t have to force herself to do things that require her to see if she’s been overdoing it lately. Set up systems that allow you, other family members, and home care providers to take over some of the slack if she needs to rest her eyes more often.