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Help Seniors Prevent Vision Loss with These Simple Eye Exercises

By Marius Butas, 9:00 am on

Age-related vision loss is common among seniors, but it is not necessarily normal. Mesa home caregivers can encourage their loved ones to take better care of their vision with the following exercises. Each exercise focuses on maintaining strength of their eye muscles and promoting more effective vision.

Blinking

Moisture is key to maintaining eye health and strength. Blinking is an easy eye exercise that helps to reduce dry eye. Encourage your loved one to blink slowly, keeping his or her eyes shut for at least five seconds. Have your loved one do this 10 times in a row, twice per day.

Palming

If your senior loved one has been straining his or her eyes while reading or using a computer, palming helps to reduce stress in the facial and eye muscles. Have your love done sit down and brace his or her elbows on the edge of a table. With closed eyes, have your loved one put warm palms over his or her eyes and hold them there for a few seconds. Perform this exercise once per day for maximum benefits.

Following a Pattern

Your loved one can stretch his or her eye muscles by following a pattern with this exercise. Have your loved one close his or her eyes briefly before looking up to the ceiling and holding the position for five seconds. He or she can then move his or her eyes to the right, left and downward, holding each position for five seconds. Do this once or twice per day.

Focusing

This is a good exercise to do in the middle of the day before your loved one’s eye muscles are strained. Have your loved one hold up one finger a few inches from his or her eye and slowly move the finger away. He or she should then look off to the distance and then focus back on the finger before bringing the finger closer to his or her eye again. Your loved one will then need to focus on an object close by and shift focus back to the finger one more time. Repeat this exercise three times.

In addition to vision, there are other aspects of senior wellbeing family caregivers need to tend to. With help from a trusted Mesa senior home care agency like Home Care Assistance, your loved one will acquire the tools he or she needs to lead a balanced life at home. Our highly trained caregivers work diligently with clients to build a structured schedule consisting of healthy diet, physical exercise, cognitive stimulation, and socialization that boosts mental and physical wellness. Learn more today when you call (480) 699-4899 to schedule a free in-home consultation with an experienced Care Manager.