NODA Area Agency on Aging
2901 North Van Buren, Enid OK
580-237-2236 or 8oo-2ii-2ii6r
Caregiver Assistance News
CARING FOR YOU
CARING FOR OTHERS
Eye Safety, Eye Health
Home Can Be a Dangerous Place for Eyes
Prevent Blindness America has
named October "Home Eye Safety
Awareness Month." It's easy to forget
how easily, quickly and tragically an
accident can happen, robbing us of our
most precious sense—sight.
To protect your eyes—
• Never mix cleaning agents or
other chemicals. Read and follow
all manufacturer instructions and
• Wear safety
glasses with side
protection or dust
goggles to protect
to guard against exposure to fumes
and splashes. Many safety glasses
or goggles will fit over your regular
prescription glasses. Regular
eyeglasses do not always provide
enough protection, and may even
cause further injury upon impact.
• Remove debris from lawns
before mowing. Keep others away
or make sure they are wearing eye
protection—bystanders can be hit
by flying debris.
• Keep paints, pesticides and
fertilizers securely stored,
especially if the person in your care
has dementia. Read and follow all
• Keep tools in good condition;
repair or replace damaged tools.
Limit exposure to fluorescent
lights, computer screens, smoke
and excessive sunlight.
Get enough sleep; sleep allows
the eyes to rest and repair.
Stay hydrated to prevent dry,
Quit smoking! Lighting up more
than 20 cigarettes a day doubles
the risk of macular degeneration.
Eat Well To Boost Eye Health
Vitamins A, C, E and
minerals like copper
and zinc are essential
to eyesight, as are
antioxidants like beta-
carotene, lutein and
zeaxanthin. Find them in
eggs and yellow and green
Garlic and onions are rich
in sulfur, cysteine and
lecithin that protect the
lens from cataracts.
Blueberries and grapes
contain anthocyanin, an
antioxidant that improves
Sardines, mackerel, cod
and salmon have DHA, an
important fatty acid.
Source: http://www.preventblindness. org/