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What is Low Vision?

Have you noticed that your aging loved one is having difficulty recognizing people at first glance? Do they have a hard time reading recipes or books? Do they complain of gaps in their vision, or trouble seeing at night?

Elder Care in Stockton CA: What is Low Vision?

Elder Care in Stockton CA: What is Low Vision?

If the answer to any of these questions is “yes,” your loved one might be suffering from low vision. If you or your elder care aide have noticed them struggling to see things that seem clear to you, it might be time to find out more about low vision, and plan a trip to the doctor to see if this is something that applies to your loved one.

Before you go, though, you might want to know exactly what low vision is.

Low vision, to put it simply, is a decrease in vision that usually comes as one ages, or as a result of an eye disease like glaucoma, cataracts, or macular degeneration. Someone with low vision can still see… but there is usually a catch. Maybe their vision is blurry, or maybe they have lost their peripheral vision. Maybe they have a spot where they cannot see in the center of their sight range, or perhaps they find that they can no longer see much of anything at night or when it is dark.

Low vision cannot be corrected by glasses, contacts, or surgery. It is a chronic condition that usually gets progressively worse as time passes. If one has tried getting glasses or having surgery or other methods of trying to correct the problems with their sight, and yet they still have vision problems, this is what becomes classified as having low vision.

While there are some rehabilitation techniques that may help with certain types of low vision, these are dependent on the condition that caused it. Sometimes, there is no way to cure the low vision; one must simply learn to live with it.

Living with low vision may sound like a daunting task, but in reality, there are many things one can do in the home to make things easier for a loved one with this condition. Brighter lights, for example, can make things clearer, and magnifying glasses or other such tools can make it easier for them to read recipes or newspapers. Keeping walkways clear of junk can make it safer for a loved one with low vision to walk around the house, and having an easily accessible light at one’s bedside can help if one has night blindness and has a need to see something at night.

If you or your elder care aide suspect that your loved one has low vision, consult a doctor to see what can be done. Rest assured, though, that it is something that can be managed and dealt with, even if it cannot be cured. On the other hand, though, if the low vision is caused by another medical condition, correction of that condition may help to restore one’s vision to normal levels. The earlier the condition is detected, the better chance one has at a full recovery of their sight, so don’t hesitate to take action.

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



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.

Robin Conley RN., Owner and CEO of Provident Care Home Care Providing HOME CARE- ASSISTED LIVING PLACEMENT ASSISTANCE

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