Aug 23, 2018 by Katie Fielmann
Age-related macular degeneration (AMD) is the leading cause of vision loss and blindness in American seniors over the age of 65. While AMD is common, it is not a normal part of aging. AMD impacts an individual's central vision and does not typically erode peripheral vision. Even so, a person who loses much of their central vision will be unable to perform many daily tasks and may be declared legally blind.
The good news is that if caught in time, treatments are highly successful and can stop AMD from continuing to erode vision. The effectiveness of treatments and therapies are largely related to how quickly the condition was caught and how soon measures were started.
The best way to stop age-related macular degeneration from robbing your vision or the vision of a senior loved one is through annual eye exams. During the exam, be sure to tell the doctor if there is a family history of age-related macular degeneration or if there have been any instances of vision loss.
In addition to annual vision checks, there are some lifestyle changes that seniors can make to lessen their risk of AMD. Consider these suggestions from Comfort Keepers quality home health care:
Should a senior be diagnosed with AMD, it may be difficult for them to perform many daily living tasks or personal care. As a result, seniors or their families may worry that they can no longer safely remain at home. Comfort Keepers quality home health care specializes in supports and services designed to keep seniors in the comfort of their own home while maximizing safety and quality of life.
From light housekeeping and laundry to meal preparation and local transportation, Comfort Keepers ensures seniors have the supports they need to remain independent. After all, vision loss should not result in a loss of freedom.
For more information about age-related macular degeneration or the many ways Comfort Keepers quality home health care can ensure your senior loved one can safely age-in-place, contact a senior home care coordinator today.
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