Vision loss is an overwhelming prospect for most of us, especially as we age and become aware of the fragility of our eyes. Eye changes start around the age of 40, and you notice it first when you find yourself holding a menu at arm's length or guessing at the proper medication dosage because you can't read the tiny print on the bottle.
As the eyes age, the cornea becomes less sensitive, increasing the risk for untreated injuries as you can’t feel pain or irritation. The lens yellows, begins to lose flexibility and becomes slightly cloudy. The pupils decrease in size and adjust more slowly to darkness – creating hazardous nighttime driving from the glaring lights of oncoming traffic.
However, three common eye conditions involve a serious risk of vision loss for the aging and elderly.
Cataracts, Glaucoma, and Macular Degeneration
- Cataracts, or the clouding of the lens, affects more than half of adults over the age of 80. Early detection is essential to avoid the sensation of looking at the world through a foggy window.
- Glaucoma is a group of diseases that damage the optic nerve and often results in partial or complete vision loss. A dilated eye exam is the key to getting treatment in time to save your vision.
- Macular degeneration is the most common cause of vision loss for those over the age of 65. Damage done to the central part of the retina is irreversible, and catching it early is essential for slowing progression and preserving your vision.
BrightStar Care in Palatine provides home health care and non-medical care for seniors who, due to limited vision, decreased mobility or other health conditions, need a little extra help with personal hygiene or home support activities (such as light housekeeping and meal preparation services.
Companion care providers also offer senior companionship activities to stave off boredom. These include might include conversation, reading aloud or other activities as able. Personal care services are also available for help with activities of daily living such as bathing, grooming and dressing.
Our home caregivers can help you or your aging loved one navigate everyday living if you're suffering from vision loss or recovering from cataract surgery. Contact us today to discuss your needs, and we will work together to develop a care plan that's right for you.
For more information about BrightStar Care in Palatine,
contact us today at (847) 925-0818.