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Elder Home Care Professionals Weigh In On Common Eye Problems In Seniors

Jan 26, 2018 by Garrett Hafler

Vision is something that we all cherish because it allows us to see the world around us and it allows us to see our friends and family. We often take our vision for granted because we do not have to physically make it work. Elder home care professionals want to remind seniors that they need to have an annual eye exam performed to ensure that they do not have any of the four most common eye problems that affect seniors.

Below, our elder home care team will discuss the common eye problems in seniors, but it is important for you to speak with your loved one to find out if they have experienced any vision issues. If they have, elder home care providers suggest that they visit their optometrist right away.

  1. Diabetic retinopathy – This is a complication of diabetes and it occurs when the blood vessels in the eye detach from the retina and burst, which leads to bleeding. This condition will lead to blindness in the senior
  2. Cataracts – This is a condition that occurs when there is too much protein built up on the lens of the eye. This will cause opaque or cloudy vision
  3. Glaucoma – This is a disease that occurs when there is too much pressure built up in the eye. This leads to stress on the optic nerve, which can lead to blindness or vision loss temporarily. Elder home care professionals want to warn that 1 million individuals live with glaucoma and do not even know it
  4. Age-related macular degeneration – This is a disease that affects the macula within the eye and can lead to blindness

The team at Comfort Keepers is prepared to work with you and your loved one to ensure that your beloved senior can live independently in his or her home. 

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