Now that the summer months have finally returned, many people are turning their thoughts to heading outside and enjoying the warmer temperatures, longer days, and the more relaxing lifestyle that often comes during these months. While you are enjoying quality time together and making memories with your aging parents, however, it is extremely important that you don't overlook the ongoing value of protecting your parents' safety and health. While you likely already know the critical importance of your parent wearing sunscreen on a daily basis to guard their skin from sunburns, damage, and the risk of skin cancer, you may not immediately think of how important it is to protect their eyes from the sun.
Overexposure of the eyes to the potentially dangerous UVA and UVB rays of the sun can dramatically increase the risk of your parent experiencing a variety of health issues. This includes cataracts, cancer, migraines, and more. Fortunately, there are ways you can reduce these risks by protecting their eyes.
Use these tips to protect your seniors' eyes from the sun:
- Encourage them to wear a wide-brimmed hat when they are out in the sun. This provides shady protection not only to their eyes themselves, but also the skin around them. This skin is extremely delicate, meaning it burns easily, will show signs of aging and damaged more quickly, and is more vulnerable to skin cancer.
- Help them choose the right sunglasses. Not all sunglasses are created equal. Some are designed solely with appearances and blocking glare in mind. In order to keep your parents' eyes safe and healthy, though, they must wear sunglasses rated for UVA and UVB protection. Look for glasses that curve around the sides of the eyes, as well as stretching above and below the eyes to maximize protection from all angles.
- Discourage your senior from going out in the sun during peak hours. Between the hours of 10 a.m. and 2 p.m., the sun is at its strongest. Encourage your senior to stay inside during these hours, or to enjoy activities not in the direct sunlight.
Senior care can be a beneficial addition to your usual care routine with your aging parent. Having a home care provider in the home with your aging parent means you can feel confident their needs and challenges will be met consistently. The highly personalized services of such a care provider are focused specifically on meeting your parent's needs while also encouraging them to remain as independent, active, and fulfilled as possible throughout their later years. When it comes to protecting your senior's eyes from the sun, a home care provider can help your parent to choose headwear that will guard their eyes, encourage them to wear sunglasses any time they'll be out in the sun, and more.
If you or an aging loved one is considering caregivers in Queen Creek, AZ, please contact the caring staff at SYNERGY HomeCare today: 480-377-6770.