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Senior Care Services: Common Eye Problems Seen In Senior Citizens And What To Do

Jan 26, 2018 by Krista Kuligowski

We heavily rely on our vision, but often, we take it for granted because we know that it happens naturally. For instance, we do not have to think about something to see it and we do not have to do anything to make ourselves see something. It just happens. Senior care services professionals recommend that all seniors, 60 and older, understand that there are some common eye problems that may affect them. These four common eye problems include cataracts, glaucoma, diabetic retinopathy, and age-related macular degeneration.

Each one of these conditions may lie dormant within the senior and the appear later on in life. Sometimes, symptoms present themselves and other times, the only symptom that arises is vision loss, especially in cases of glaucoma. Because of this, senior care services professionals recommend that seniors have their eyes checked by a licensed optometrist every year.

Below, our team of professionals will talk to you about some of the steps that your loved one can take to better protect their eyes and prevent the common eye problems from developing.

  • Receive an eye exam. Your loved one should schedule a comprehensive eye exam that checks for visual activity in the eye, pupil dilation, and tonometry. A licensed optometrist can do this for your loved one
  • Protect the eyes. Seniors need to make sure that they protect their eyes, especially when they head out into the sun. Your loved one should wear sunglasses and avoid looking directly at the sun
  • Stop smoking. Senior care services professionals want seniors to understand that smoking increases their risk for developing the above eye conditions. If your loved one does smoke, encourage him or her to stop

Senior care services professionals at Comfort Keepers are ready to assist your loved one and provide him or her with the care they need. Do remember that your loved one should contact his or her eye doctor should they experience any eye trouble or change in vision. 

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