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Understanding a Cataract Diagnosis

Cataracts are a common eye condition, especially in older adults. The National Eye Institute reports that by the age of 80, about 70 percent of Caucasians have cataracts. Other races are less affected, but the statistics are still concerning. 53 percent of African Americans will develop cataracts by age 80 and 61 percent of Hispanic Americans. If your older relative has cataracts or you’re concerned about their eye health, June is an excellent time to learn more about cataracts because it’s Cataract Awareness Month.

Home Care in Turlock CA: Understanding a Cataract Diagnosis

Home Care in Turlock CA: Understanding a Cataract Diagnosis

About Cataracts.

Cataracts occur when the lens of the eye becomes cloudy. Normally, the lens is clear and allows light to pass through easily. A cataract blocks light. It’s a little like trying to see through a foggy window.

When cataracts first begin to form, they usually aren’t noticeable. As the cataract grows, it begins to affect vision. Colors become less bright and objects are blurry. A person with cataracts might also:

  • Have double vision.
  • Be sensitive to bright lights.
  • Have trouble reading or need bright light to read.
  • Experience difficulty seeing at night.

In the beginning, eyeglasses and brighter lighting can make seeing easier. However, if cataracts get bad enough that these steps don’t work, surgery may be needed.

Certain things make people more likely to develop cataracts, such as:

  • Age.
  • Diabetes.
  • Spending a lot of time in the sun.
  • Smoking.
  • Obesity.
  • High blood pressure.
  • Old eye injuries or inflammation.
  • Excessive alcohol use.

How Cataracts Form.

Cataracts are the result of changes in the tissues of the lens due to aging or because of an eye injury. They can also be caused by:

  • Genetic disorders.
  • Other eye conditions.
  • Having had eye surgery in the past.
  • Certain conditions, like diabetes.
  • Long-term use of steroid medications.

The eye’s lens is comprised of water and protein. The protein is arranged in a specific way so that the lens remains clear. Cataracts happen when the proteins clump together, causing cloudiness in the lens. Usually, cataracts develop in both eyes at the same time, but they may not develop easily. As a result, the vision in one eye can be worse than in the other.

If your aging relative is having vision problems due to cataracts or other eye problems, home care can assist them to live better and more safely at home. Home care providers can read to the older adult, helping them with mail, email, newspapers, and reading for pleasure. Home care providers can also perform tasks that might be unsafe with compromised vision, like cutting vegetables.

If you or an aging loved one are considering home care in Turlock, CA, contact the caring staff at Provident Home Care. Call today (877) 572-3411.

 

Sources

https://www.aao.org/eye-health/diseases/what-are-cataracts

https://nei.nih.gov/health/cataract/cataract_facts

https://www.mayoclinic.org/diseases-conditions/cataracts/symptoms-causes/syc-20353790

https://nei.nih.gov/eyedata/cataract

 

Robin Conley RN, Owner and CEO

RN, Owner and CEO at Provident Care - Modesto, CA
When my grandmother’s health began to deteriorate... My greatest fear was that something would happen to her when I couldn’t be there. She had become unsteady on her feet, forgot to take her medications when she was supposed to, was not eating meals that fit into her dietary restrictions and often failed to recognize signs that she was getting into trouble. I knew that it was her firm desire to stay in her own home, but the amount of oversight I knew she needed was sometimes overwhelming for me to do alone. This is where my journey started! Providing care to seniors in our community is not just a job for me... It is something that has touched my life personally and something that I am passionate about! I know firsthand the worry and uncertainty caused when someone you love becomes ill or injured and how overwhelming the responsibility of caring for a loved one can be. I also know that finding a compassionate caregiver can often restore health, provide seniors with a renewed sense of control and independence, reduce depression, and relieve family members so they can once again be a caring son or daughter. So if you find yourself or someone you may know, in this situation... Our team of care managers and professional, compassionate caregivers at Provident Care would be honored to help you care for your loved one. Our staff is committed to caring for our clients as if we were caring for a member of our own family.

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