Elder Care in New Canaan, CT - One Senior's Story of a Cataracts Diagnosis and Vision Improvement
The first time Jill realized something was wrong with her vision, she was 79 years old. It started out as a slow-progressing problem, and it was something she tended to keep to herself. She was concerned about her vision, but she was also afraid to learn that she might go blind in time.
It happened to a friend of hers and that was the last thing she wanted to deal with. She figured if she were going to go blind it was going to happen whether she went to see an eye doctor or not. Jill decided to hire elderly home care to assist her around the house, and this caused her family members to wonder if there was something causing her to have more trouble that she would admit.
She explained to them that she was fine, that she just needed some assistance here or there throughout the day and it was no big deal. In the meantime, her vision became a bit cloudier and blurred. It also seemed as though the lighting was getting darker with each passing week. She also found that walking out into the daylight seemed to be intense, especially with glares. She was more sensitive to these things and had a tendency to see “halos” around certain lights, especially at night.
During the first few weeks that this elderly home care provider was working with her, she noticed Jill squinting at certain things, holding a book a little too close, and having other signs that she could be dealing with vision-related issues. The caregiver approached her and discussed what she had seen.
Eventually Jill admitted to these symptoms she was experiencing and that’s when the caregiver encouraged her to see her eye doctor. Even her reading glasses weren’t doing much to help her any longer and it was becoming a more serious problem.
Jill found out she had cataracts. She also found out that almost every single senior who reaches the age of 80 will have had cataracts at least once in their life. She was fortunate to only have been dealing with it recently. Her eye doctor told her that treating the cataracts would help to make glasses unnecessary. When she went through the treatment process, Jill was able to see clearly again and she felt relief for the first time in many months.
Anyone relying on elder care who is experiencing some vision-related problems, they should be encouraged to see their eye doctor to have the issue diagnosed. It may very well be cataracts that could be treated and help the individual get back to seeing as clearly as possible.
If you or an aging loved one are considering elder care in New Canaan, CT or the surrounding areas, please contact SYNERGY HomeCare of Stamford, CT at 203-661-6969.