There is a link between eye health and holistic well-being that cannot be ignored. When you lose vision, you are at a greater risk of a fall, which has serious health consequences. Furthermore, if you have a history of medical issues or certain conditions, you could be prone to issues with your sight. The best preventative measure against risks to eye health is regular and comprehensive exams by a trusted eye care professional.
There is no question that the impact of vision loss can be devastating, but what are some of the risks to your eye health that jeopardize sight? It may surprise you to learn some of the risk factors that can affect your vision across the lifespan and that ultimately could impede your autonomy and independence. Vision loss can compromise quality of life in many ways and could put you at greater risk for further injury due to an accidental fall. Plus, if you have genetic precursors, you may be at an increased likelihood of visual impairment later.
Here are some risks to eye health that you may not have considered:
While many issues and risks can exacerbate vision issues, it merits mentioning that eye issues and impaired vision can greatly contribute to a nasty fall. It is estimated that seniors experience around 36 million falls in this country each year and nearly 32,000 of these incidents are fatal. The best way to circumvent this statistic and reduce the risk of a fall is with high-quality mobility aids. Falls can worsen holistic health and well-being which includes eye health. Therefore, it is in everyone’s best interest to protect their eyes, preserve their vision, and protect their health; it is that simple.
Who knew that conditions like Rosacea could affect your eyes in a negative way? It is true; if you have been diagnosed with the skin condition Rosacea, make sure to report this to your eye doctor for continuity of care. It is estimated that about half of those with this condition also have Ocular Rosacea, which causes eyes to itch, burn, and feel dry, and it can affect vision and cause discomfort. Many may experience sensitivity to light and swelling around the eyes.
Fortunately, Ocular Rosacea can be treated but it is imperative to catch it early. Failure to treat Ocular Rosacea can result in vision loss so share your diagnosis with your eye doctor for prompt treatment and relief. Don’t ignore the potential symptoms of this condition.
Let’s not underestimate the impact of aging on eye health. When you get older, you are naturally more at risk for eye and vision issues. The risk of glaucoma and cataracts greatly increases over age 40 which makes having your eyes dilated at your eye appointment crucial. This is also the time when many people begin to experience a decline or impairment in their vision which may require corrective lenses.
Consider also that your risk of falling and sustaining an injury increases during this time, too. This presents a double whammy to many patients as a fall can be debilitating; in some cases, injuries can be fatal. By protecting yourself across the lifespan with precautionary and preventative healthcare appointments, issues can be detected early and treated promptly.
Family genetics plays a big role in eye health, and holistic health, overall. Do you have a family history of eye conditions, like glaucoma or cataracts? What about macular degeneration, or even diabetes? If you have a genetic predisposition, there will be a higher likelihood that you will also contract one or more of these conditions, many of which can lead to impairment or loss of vision.
Report a thorough medical history to your provider and have your eyes examined regularly. This includes dilation, which provides the best way for your eyecare provider to diagnose issues like cataracts and glaucoma. Also, see your eye doctor at least once a year, but ideally twice per year if you have medical problems that could impact your eye health.
Save your Vision Month in March is a great time to get proactive about eye health. Are you at risk for illnesses and conditions that can impact your sight? Make March the time that you schedule appointments, wear polarized sun protection, and take breaks from the screen. Schedule your annual eye exam and protect your eyes. Talk to your eye care professional to find out more about precautions that can protect and preserve your vision.
Eye health is closely connected to overall well-being, so taking care of your vision is integral to a long, healthy life. Reduce the risk of a nasty and debilitating fall with quality mobility aids and equipment from Pacific Mobility; for generations, we have been serving customers in Southern California and changing lives for the better. Call or visit today.
President, Husband, Father, Grandfather Graduate of UC Davis- Bio Sci Major- Go Aggies! Jeff has extensive experience in all of Pacific Mobility’s products and services, and specializes in accessibility products as well as stairlifts, ceiling lifts and custom wheel chairs. His hobbies include spending time with family, gardening, mountain biking, exercising and off road motorcycle riding.
24 years as Owner/President of Pacific Mobility Center – selling, installing, and servicing stairlifts, porch lifts, ceiling lifts, pool lifts, handicap ramping, specialty wheelchairs, scooters, power wheel chairs, and other power mobility devices
Certified Environmental Access Consultant since 2008
Licensed General Contractor since 1998
Certified Aging in Place Specialist since 2016
Board Member for Home Access Professionals
Member of Association of Members of the Accessibility Equipment Industry (AEMA)