Spring Time Can Lead to a Host of Vision-Related Issues for Seniors
As your senior loved ones get older, as is the case with all of us, eyesight tends to deteriorate and the likelihood of eye diseases rises. But your senior loved one may not always report a problem with their eyes, either out of embarrassment or genuinely not realizing they have a problem.
So how can you, as someone who cares about your older loved one’s health and vision, make sure that their eyes are getting the very best care they need? That process all begins by reading the following information in this article.
Eye Exams and Seniors
The most important thing you can do for your senior loved one is to annually schedule regular eye exams. With diseases like glaucoma and other eye-related issues becoming more of a reality in one’s golden years, early detection is critical when it comes to achieving the optimal prognosis. An eye exam is the best way to detect an eye problem and you may discover a problem that is not yet symptomatic enough for you or your loved one detect on your own.
Knowing the Signs of Vision-Related Issues
Are your loved ones’ eyes red because of springtime allergies, or is it actually a sign that glaucoma is beginning to become an issue? While glaucoma may have no symptoms at all, it’s a good idea to keep an eye, so to speak, on different eye-related complaints and what they may mean.
For example, loss of peripheral vision, or the ability to see out of the sides of your eyes, is often a sign of glaucoma. Cloudy vision may signal cataracts, which fortunately is quite treatable. A dark area in the center of one’s vision could be a sign of Age-Related Macular degeneration.
An eye doctor should evaluate any persistent claims of vision impairment or eye discomfort on the part of your senior loved one. When it comes to you loved one’s sight, it’s better to be safe than sorry.
Other Steps You Can Take to Protect Senior Vision
The other steps you can take to help your senior loved one protect their eye health are the same steps that you should take to protect your own eye health. Minimize your screen time and follow the 20/20/20 rule: Every 20 minutes, look away from your screen at something about 20 feet away for 20 seconds.
Make sure you read under bright enough light, and protect your eyes when outside from the sun with UV-blocking sunglasses and hats. Healthy eating and regular exercise can also promote eye health for seniors and younger people alike.
Finding the Right Care for Our Senior Loved Ones
As much as we might like to, not all of us have the time or resources to take care of our senior loved ones’ eye health, overall health, and general well-being to the extent that they need it. If you are in such a situation, you want to make sure to find the perfect environment for those you care about.
But how do you start? If you are in the Portland metro or Northern California area, Golden Placement Services can help. We’ll help you sort out all the choices and narrow down your options based on your budget, your senior loved one’s preferences and their specific health needs.
We can help you find an assisted living community, retirement community or Alzheimer’s care facility. Whatever your senior’s level of care requirements are, we can help you find a placement to match. To get started, contact us today to schedule an appointment.