Home Care in Wilton, CT - Is Your Elderly Loved One Suffering From Vision Loss?
March is Save Your Vision Month and these little reminders are a great opportunity to encourage elderly individuals to get an eye exam, especially if they haven’t had one in a long time. Whether or not the senior is relying on some type of home care at the moment and not, it’s still important to pay attention to their visual health and well-being.
As people get older, various risk factors can increase. When it comes to vision related problems such as cataracts, glaucoma, and even macular degeneration, those risk factors are certainly some that do.
Below are five signs that it may very well be time to consider sitting down with the senior and talking about visiting their eye care professional.
1. They are squinting more frequently now.
Squinting is a common characteristic among people who have difficulty seeing objects in the distance. When they squint, it helps to narrow the lens, thus making objects in the distance become a little clearer. However, it may be directly connected to cataracts, glaucoma, and even possibly macular degeneration generation that is causing the person to squint in the first place.
2. They position themselves closer to the television set.
If the senior has suddenly moved the recliner or their most comfortable chair closer to the TV, it could be related to difficulty seeing it where they had been before. The shift could be subtle at first, especially if the senior is trying to disguise the fact that they have some type of vision problem.
3. Not recognizing people in the distance.
When somebody is approaching whom the senior should recognize, but they don’t show any sign of recognition until they are almost right upon them, this could be directly associated with a vision problem.
Most people will either wave, call out the person’s name, or say something as they are approaching. In other words, a change in normal behavior could be a sign of a potential problem.
4. Avoiding certain activities.
If the senior is suddenly avoiding certain activities they generally enjoy, it could be due to a number of factors. One of those factors could be difficulty seeing what’s going on around them.
5. Asking somebody to read street or other signs for them.
If the senior is still driving and asks somebody else in the car to read the road signs for them, it’s likely directly connected to diminishing vision or clarity.
Any of these signs should be cause enough for an experienced in home care provider or family caregiver to sit down and talk to the senior about an eye exam. Earlier diagnosis of many visual problems often lead to better treatment options and outlook for the future.
If you or an aging loved one are considering home care in Wilton, CT or the surrounding areas, please contact SYNERGY HomeCare of Fairfield, CT at 203-923-8866.