Is your elderly loved one losing their vision? August is National Eye Exam Month, with an emphasis on everyone having regular eye exams. Seniors especially need eye exams because they are susceptible to many different eye diseases, which can leave them partially or fully blind. If it’s been a while since your aging relative has had an eye exam, take advantage of National Eye Exam Month and make an appointment for them.
Eye Disease is Common in Seniors
It’s highly likely that your aging relative will develop some type of eye disease or vision-impairing problem. Several of them can lead to partial or full blindness in seniors. Among the most common are cataracts, glaucoma, macular degeneration, diabetic retinopathy and detached retinas. When your elderly relative starts to lose their vision, an eye doctor can help slow down the progression, but can’t always stop or prevent vision impairment.
Moderate to Severe Vision Loss Affects Lifestyles
If your aging relative has been living somewhat independently at home, vision impairment can really cause problems. Without good vision, elderly adults are at risk of a few safety issues. Slip and fall accidents are possible, and driving abilities are finished. They likely won’t be able to read recipes for meal preparation, fill out paperwork at the doctor’s office or see well enough to do housekeeping. You’ll need to take some time to seriously evaluate how you can reduce the risk of injury and poor health with your elderly loved one, despite their impaired vision.
Senior Care Providers Help Elderly Adults
One option to consider is hiring senior care providers to assist your elderly relative. Professional assistants give help and support to elderly adults with visual impairment. Not only do they have good ideas about letting the aging adults be as self-reliant as possible, they also have experience with adaptive technology and helpful devices that can ease the transition.
It’s important for the senior care providers to work closely with your elderly relative suffering from visual impairment. They can teach seniors several strategies to preserve some of their independence. One example is setting up computers to display large fonts, ensuring the home is always well-lit, creating clear walking paths free of clutter and trying out assistive devices for visually impaired. You’ll have peace of mind knowing that your relative is being cared for by someone who is experienced in senior care and is looking out for their safety and well-being.
Senior Care Providers Help at All Levels
Senior care providers for your visually impaired elderly loved one can also assist in other ways. From housekeeping and laundry to meal preparation and companionship, senior care providers are on hand to help your aging loved one. If you are unable to be there all the time, a talented senior care provider can support them and empower them toward the most independent living situation possible, despite their vision impairment.
IF YOU OR AN AGING LOVED-ONE ARE CONSIDERING SENIOR CARE IN WILSON, NC, PLEASE CONTACT THE CARING STAFF AT SENIORS HELPING SENIORS TODAY. CALL (919) 761-5346.
Kathy is a Certified Dementia Practitioner (CDP) who is active in several other senior related organizations, including Alzheimer’s State Champion program, Friends of the Northern Wake Senior Center board member, Ambassador for the Rolesville Chamber of Commerce, Aging Life Care Association (ALCA), Health Affairs Round Table (HART), and Senior Information Networking Group (SING).