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?
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 of Provident Care Home Care Providing HOME CARE- ASSISTED LIVING PLACEMENT ASSISTANCE