Elderly adults who are over age 65 are much more likely to develop serious eye conditions that can affect their vision permanently. That’s why family caregivers should take advantage of National Eye Exam Month and schedule an appointment right away. The purpose of National Eye Exam Month is to make people aware of the importance of regular eye exams, especially for aging adults.
How Often Do Seniors Need Eye Exams?
With so many other things going on in taking care of an elderly family member, it’s easy for family caregivers to forget about scheduling eye exams for their loved ones. Unless family members schedule the appointment, a home care provider won’t know to transport the senior to the eye doctor. In other cases, their elderly relatives don’t have any complaints about their eyes or their vision seems fine, so family caregivers don’t act. However, it’s important for everyone to get regular eye exams, even if nothing seems wrong.
Elderly adults have a higher risk of contracting eye diseases and chronic conditions that affect the vision. The most common of these are cataracts, glaucoma, diabetic retinopathy, dry eye, and macular degeneration. Many of these serious eye conditions have no noticeable early symptoms unless they are discovered during a routine eye exam. Without treatment at the early stage of an eye disease, seniors may suffer from long-term vision impairment. Of course, if elderly adults are complaining to family caregivers or home care providers about eye issues, they should be taken in immediately.
Tips on Getting Seniors to Regular Eye Exams.
Family caregivers should make sure their aging loved one has regular eye exams. While most adults should have exams at least once per year, seniors may need them more frequently, depending on their current eye health. Most offices will set up appointments far in advance and send reminders as the day gets closer. Family caregivers or home care providers can also help seniors set up the next appointment as they leave a current appointment.
To overcome the challenge of physically getting an elderly adult to the eye exam, family caregivers will need to block out plenty of time. If the elderly adult isn’t very mobile, it could take longer to get them to the appointment and back. Many home care providers include transportation as part of their services, so even if the family caregiver can’t do it, the senior still has options to attend the appointment.
During August’s National Eye Exam Month, family caregivers should plan for their elderly loved one’s next eye appointment. If transportation is an issue, home care providers are an excellent alternative. Above all, everyone needs to remember that early detection of eye disease in the elderly can reduce the risk of eye disease and boost the chances of good vision.
If you or an aging loved one are considering home care in Tallahassee, FL, please call the caring staff at Hopewell In-Home Senior Care today at 850-386-5552. Providing Senior Care Services in North Florida
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