Glaucoma, an eye disease caused by damage to the optic nerve, impacts approximately 3 million people throughout the United States. The leading cause of irreversible blindness, glaucoma unfortunately has no symptoms in its early stages. A senior living with this disease will not experience pain in their eyes or other symptoms they might associate with an eye disease. This makes it very important for your parent to have regular visits to the eye doctor, ensuring they get the full pupil dilation examination so the doctor can monitor their internal eye structure and the condition of their optic nerves. This can allow them to identify damage and other signs that can indicate glaucoma. The doctor might then recommend tests to verify the diagnosis. As a family caregiver, encouraging your parent to take control of their health is one of the most important things you can do to support a good quality of life as they age in place. Part of this is asking their doctor questions to ensure they fully understand the tests they will undergo and what they mean for their health.
Some questions your senior should ask their eye doctor about their glaucoma tests include:
- What kinds of tests will they need?
- When will they receive these tests?
- How long will the tests take?
- When will they receive their results?
- What kind of preparation is necessary for these tests?
- What kinds of risks do these tests carry?
- Are there any side effects to these tests?
- Will these tests need to be repeated later?
- How soon after the tests can they start their treatment?
It is important to talk to your senior’s eye doctor to determine how often they should go to the doctor and what they can do to reduce their personal risk for glaucoma. Some simple changes such as ensuring they manage their diabetes or high blood pressure effectively, can reduce their risk and also help them to manage the disease effectively.
If you have been looking for ways to enhance your senior’s quality of life, senior care may be the ideal solution. A senior home care services provider can be with you aging loved one on a customized schedule designed to ensure they have continued access to the care, support, and assistance that is right for them. This means you as their family caregiver can take a step back, experience less stress, and focus your energy and attention in the most effective and meaningful ways possible. These services can include safe and reliable transportation, assistance with errands such as grocery shopping, help with personal care needs, mobility support, medication reminders, companionship, and more.
If you or an aging loved one are considering senior care in Bordentown, NJ, please call the caring staff at Care Street Home Care. You can reach our Mercer/Burlington Division at (609) 496-5666.
Dr. Shelly, as he is fondly known, has served as an Alzheimer’s Support Group Facilitator in Mercer County and is a Certified Dementia Instructor. Knowledgeable, compassionate, and unusually devoted, his guidance is crucial in helping families understand their options and render decisions for their loved ones’ care plan. Dr. Shelly’s extensive experience, sincere and pleasant demeanor, and professional affiliations have made him a vital asset to Care Street.