Millions of aging Americans live their lives with severely diminished vision or blindness. Because they are susceptible to a range of eye diseases, seniors must take good care of their eyes and make regular visits to an eye doctor for thorough exams. When aging adults are reliant on family members to help them with daily living, it’s up to those family caregivers to ensure their elderly loved one has the eye care they need. If the senior is already suffering from eye disease and vision loss, family caregivers can do a lot to maintain their lifestyle and overall health.
How Vision Loss Affects Elderly Adults
Most aging adults desire to live independently in their own homes for as long as possible. However, health issues often force them to adjust, from moving to a better place, inviting family members to move in, or hiring in-home elder care providers. With vision loss, however, elderly adults will definitely need to rely on help for them to remain in their own home.
Without good vision, aging adults are no longer able to watch television, cook, clean, drive, read or spend time doing hobbies. They are more in danger of a slip and fall accident and more vulnerable to cuts, bruises and other safety issues. When it comes to mental health, many aging adults can grow depressed about their diminished vision, making it harder for them to function in day-to-day tasks.
Common Eye Diseases in Elderly Adults
Aging adults are more likely to develop eye diseases, especially those that result in vision loss. Many serious eye diseases don’t even present with noticeable symptoms for many months or years, making them harder to treat when they are discovered. Some of the most common eye issues for seniors include dry eye, glaucoma, cataracts, macular degeneration, detached retinas, and diabetic retinopathy. Without treatment, many of these eye diseases can lead to partial or full blindness.
Family caregivers and elder care providers must work closely with the elderly adult and the eye doctor for regular exams that monitor the progress of the disease and allows the doctor to adjust treatments. Many serious eye diseases can only be detected in their earliest stages via an eye exam by a qualified doctor. As with most diseases, an early diagnosis leads to better treatment options. Regular eye exams can slow down the progress of certain eye diseases, too.
Hiring Elder Care Providers to Help Vision-Impaired Seniors
Family caregivers who want to help out their aging loved one with vision loss can hire elder care providers to assist them. Living at home is important to many seniors, but they’ll need help with day-to-day tasks. With an elder care provider, family caregivers can enjoy peace of mind knowing their relative is not in danger of hurting themselves due to poor vision. With professional assistance from an elder care provider, seniors with vision loss can remain fairly independent in their own homes.
If you or an aging loved one are considering elder care in Manchester, NJ, contact the caring staff at Care Street Home Care’s Ocean/Monmouth Division. Call today 732-719-7011.
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.
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