Feb 23, 2018 by Katie Fielmann
As we age, our vision is often not what it used to be. In fact, one in three American seniors will face vision challenges by 65 and by age 80 half will have cataracts or cataract surgery. Others will deal with different forms of vision impairment and loss, but regardless of the challenges, vision problems do not need to limit a senior's independence or quality of life.
Common vision problems include age-related macular degeneration (AMD), glaucoma, dry eyes, and cataracts. Each of these conditions has unique signs, symptoms, and consequences. Yet, each can be best addressed through the same primary measure: an annual vision test. When it comes to vision problems, there is no substitute for early intervention. In fact, in many cases, early intervention will keep a senior from losing their sight entirely.
AMD and glaucoma are both painless conditions that steal a senior's eyesight. AMD impacts the central vision while glaucoma starts with the peripheral vision. The vision loss associated with both are non-reversible. While AMD does not typically lead to total vision loss, glaucoma is the leading cause of legal blindness in seniors. Both can have their progression slowed or stopped through early detection and intervention.
Cataracts are caused by a buildup of cells on the lens. This buildup makes it harder to see and often leads to blurry or hazy vision. Glasses may help, but surgery is usually required. Cataract surgery is one of the most common surgeries performed in America and is also one of the safest and most effective. It is typically performed as a day-surgery with vision improving within 24-hours.
Dry eyes are a common complaint among seniors. As we age, the body does not produce as many tears to lubricate the eyes. There are many treatments for dry eyes once the condition has been diagnosed.
When seniors face vision problems, they often fear they will lose their independence. From a loss of driving to challenges reading pillboxes and food labels, vision loss can be scary or even devastating to a senior. Comfort Keepers home care services can help. If your senior loved one has experienced vision loss, home care services can ensure that loss does not decrease their safety, freedom, or quality of life. From medication management support, local transportation, and running errands to meal preparation, fall risk reduction, and companionship, Comfort Keepers helps seniors remain safe and comfortable in their own home.
For more information about senior vision problems or to learn more about the many ways Comfort Keepers home care services can help maximize your senior loved one's elder years, contact a senior home care coordinator today.
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