Jan 31, 2018 by Jason Allevato
We often take our vision for granted because it just happens. The moment we open our eyes we are able to see the world around us and we do not have to think about it. Our vision allows us to experience the world and see those around us who mean something to us. While we may expect our vision to always be there, it could stop at any time. In fact, elderly in home care professionals want you and your loved one to know that eye problems do exist, and they can plague your beloved senior.
When you bring up vision problems or concerns, many seniors will shy away from the talk and this is because they become worried. Below, our elderly in home care team will discuss some of the common eye problems many seniors are faced with.
Seniors, 60 and older, should have their eyes examined at least once per year by a licensed optometrist to rule out any issues. This way, if any problems are detected, they can be handled then.
Glaucoma – Glaucoma is a condition that occurs when there is a buildup of pressure within the eye. This pressure causes damage to the optic nerve and can lead to blindness. Elderly in home care specialists worry about this condition because almost 1 million people have glaucoma and do not know it.
Age-related macular degeneration – This is a disease that affects the macula of the eye and the disease causes complete vision loss.
Diabetic retinopathy – This is a complication that occurs in individuals who have diabetes. The condition presents itself when the blood vessels in the eye burst and bleed. Once the vessels burst, the nerve detaches from the eye.
Cataracts – This occurs when there is a buildup of protein on the lens of the eye and this leads to opaque or cloudy vision.
If you would like to learn more about elderly in home care offered by Comfort Keepers or you have questions about how we can assist your loved one with his or her vision problems, call our office today.