The month of May is National Healthy Vision Month, which means it’s time to focus (pun intended!) on your parent’s vision. As people age, their eyes naturally undergo some changes, but that doesn’t mean they have to give up things they enjoy. There are several eye conditions that are more common as people age. When you and the other people who provide your parent with elderly care are aware of these conditions, it may mean your parent receiving proper vision care sooner. Getting care sooner means your parent can keep on doing the things they love without being hampered by poor vision.
Below are five vision conditions that may affect your parent as they age.
#1 Retinal Detachment
The retina is a thin tissue at the back of the eyes that collects images and then transmits them to the brain. Retinal detachment occurs when the retina is separated from the eye’s tissue. Sometimes the detachment occurs without provocation because of changes in the vitreous fluid. Head or eye trauma can also cause the retina to detach. If your parent complains of seeing more floaters than usual that are accompanied by flashes of light, this may be a sign of retinal detachment.
Glaucoma is not a single condition, but rather refers to a group of conditions that are characterized by damage to the optic nerve. The damage causes vision loss, which is characterized by loss of peripheral vision. The condition is usually painless and there may be no symptoms early on. Glaucoma is treatable, so regular vision check-ups are important.
Conjunctivitis is commonly called “pink eye.” Many people associate conjunctivitis with children, but it can occur in people of any age. Conjunctivitis is an inflammation of the tissue that covers the cornea and lines the eyelids. Symptoms of conjunctivitis are tearing, burning, redness, and itching. A person with conjunctivitis may also feel like they have something in their eye.
When the lens of the eye is healthy it is clear. A lens that is affected by cataracts is cloudy. Cataracts make it difficult for light to pass through the lens, which causes vision loss or impairment. When cataracts become too large or thick, surgical removal may be necessary.
Excessive tearing can occur when the eyes are irritated by outside factors like the wind, changes in lighting, or the air temperature. Sometimes the problem can be fixed just by protecting the eyes by wearing sunglasses or shielding them. However, if that does not work, tearing can indicate a more serious condition. Tearing may be a symptom of dry eyes, an infection, or blocked tear ducts.
Because many vision problems are treatable, having your parent’s eyes checked on a regular basis is extremely important. If it has been a while since your parent has seen an eye doctor, schedule an appointment. If your parent needs transportation, his or her elderly care provider may be able to drive them to the appointment. The elderly care provider can also help watch for symptoms of eye problems and notify you of any changes or issues.
If you or an aging loved one are considering elder care in Berkeley, CA, contact the caring staff at Provident Home Care. Call today (877) 572-3411.
Robin Conley RN., Owner and CEO of Provident Care Home Care Providing HOME CARE- ASSISTED LIVING PLACEMENT ASSISTANCE
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