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Blindness Awareness Month

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October is World Blindness Awareness month. This brings the perfect opportunity to remind those caring for their elderly parents about the importance of eye care. Eyes change as they age. There are a few changes that people come to expect such as the need for reading glasses or the occasional floater, those tiny shadows that appear and then drift away, in their vision. While somewhat irritating, these minor changes are not life changing. There are, however, a few age related diseases that can take away an elderly person’s ability to care for themselves and alter their quality of life.

 

Macular Degeneration

Age-related macular degeneration is the leading cause of blindness in the elderly and affects over 10 million Americans. Symptoms include blind spots, distorted or blurred vision and difficulty seeing after being exposed to bright light. There is no known cure, though early detection certainly can help slow down the process. As with most diseases, prevention is the best policy. Eating a healthy diet filled with dark leafy greens and an abundance of fruits and vegetables is a good start. If a loved one smokes, they need to stop. While easier said than done, knowing that smoking will increase their risk of developing this life-changing disease could be a good incentive.

 

Glaucoma

Glaucoma is caused by an increase in eye pressure that eventually damages the optic nerve. If not caught early, this disease can lead to blindness. There are several types of glaucoma, the most common one also being the most insidious. There are few warning signs until the optic nerve has actually been affected. The good news is, it’s treatable, especially if detected early. Diet and exercise are formidable allies in the prevention of this disease. Getting regular exercise and eating a diet filled with antioxidants and Vitamin E are at the top of the to-do list.

 

Diabetic Retinopathy

Diabetes can lead to diabetic retinopathy. It is caused by damage to the blood vessels and, if left undetected, can lead to blindness. Monitoring the diabetes and keeping blood sugar levels in-check are the best preventative measures for this disease that can have little symptoms until vision is affected.

 

Cataracts

Cataracts are a clouding of the lens which can eventually affect vision. Primary symptoms include blurred vision and seeing a halo around lights.  As with the other diseases, prevention includes a good diet filled with antioxidants, limited alcohol use, a no-smoking policy and wearing UV-protective sunglasses when outside. Though quite common in the elderly, surgical advancements have made lens replacements very common with high success rates.

 

The Good News

Getting a yearly eye exam is an important preventative measure and an easy addition to an elderly parent’s regime.  If an elderly parent has experienced some vision loss, allowing them their independence while keeping them safe is an important factor in both mental outlook and physical well-being. A home care provider can help by taking them to their doctor appointments, making healthy meals and reminding them when medication is due.

 

If you or an aging loved one are considering senior care in Quincy, FL, please call the caring staff at Hopewell In-Home Senior Care today at 850-386-5552. Providing Senior Care Services in North Florida.

 

Source:  American Macular Degeneration Foundation – AMDF – https://www.macular.org/what-macular-degeneration

Brian Moran, RN, Marketing Director, Partner

Marketing Director, Partner at Hopewell In-Home Senior Care
Brian Moran, RN is both a Partner and Director of Marketing for Hopewell In-Home Senior Care. Brian has worked at the Bellevue Hospital in NYC, Tallahassee Community Hospital, Select Specialty Hospital and has over 12 years’ experience as a home health care nurse at American Home Patient. Since joining Hopewell In-Home Senior Care in 2008, Brian has used his knowledge of health care and local resources to help seniors in Tallahassee, FL navigate the medical resource maze. His goal is to assist seniors and their families by increasing awareness, affordability and quality of in-home caregiver services for those who wish to age in place.

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