How Family Caregivers Can Help Seniors Manage Cataracts


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How Family Caregivers Can Help Seniors Manage Cataracts

Elder Care in Greenwich, CT - Is Your Senior Loved One Experiencing the Symptoms of Cataracts?

Elder Care in Greenwich, CTOur senses tend to atrophy as we age, especially eyesight. Millions of Americans over age 45 suffer from cataracts, which cause the lens of the eye to become cloudy. This cloudiness is the main cause of blindness throughout the world. Poor eyesight can make it difficult for seniors to live independently or drive. In some cases, cataracts can be managed with surgery. Here are some important facts for family caregivers and some information about whether or not your elderly loved one is a candidate for surgery.

Symptoms of Cataracts

If your elderly loved one is suffering from cataracts, he or she may exhibit the following symptoms:

  • Blurry vision
  • Difficulty focusing
  • Frequent blinking
  • Glare
  • Inability to differentiate between certain colors, such as purple and blue
  • Decrease in night vision
  • Halos around lights
  • Brown or yellow tint
  • Sudden or frequent changes in eyeglass prescription

Is Surgery a Possibility?

If your elderly loved one experiences any of the above symptoms, glaucoma may be the cause. Seniors over age 60 should have an eye exam at least every two years to evaluate vision and look for any issues that require immediate attention. Eye measurements and a thorough exam – once the eyes are dilated – can help diagnosis glaucoma and determine the next steps.

While surgery can help, not every person is a good candidate for such an invasive procedure. For example, if your client has a chronic condition or is taking a certain medication, surgery may interfere with this. You will need to inform the ophthalmologist of your senior's overall health so that he or she can fully evaluate the benefits and determine whether or not they outweigh the risks.

What Can a Person Expect from Surgery?

Cataract surgery involves removing the cloudy lens and replacing it with an artificial one made of plastic. If both eyes have cataracts, the doctor will do one eye first and then your elderly loved one will be given a one-day rest period before the doctor performs surgery on the second eye. This is to ensure they have time to decide whether or not he or she wants to have surgery done on the second eye. Many seniors do go forward with the procedure, as they often experience excellent results almost immediately. Colors are brighter and it’s easier for them to see to drive, read and watch TV.

While many candidates - especially those with cognitive disorders - understandably have concerns about having eye surgery, this type of procedure is very safe. There are high success rates and the possibility of clearer vision.

If you or an aging loved one are considering elder care in Greenwich, CT or the surrounding areas, please contact SYNERGY HomeCare of Stamford, CT at 203-661-6969.

Caleena Namdev, Owner, SYNERGY HomeCare Stamford

Caleena Namdev is the President and Owner of Synergy HomeCare in Stamford, Connecticut. She is a graduate of University of Connecticut. Caleena has been working with seniors for a long time - whether it was her volunteer work with the IRS, or her role at the prestigious trust and estate law firm in Darien. Providing guidance to seniors and family members so they can get the help they need, is a passion for Caleena.

"Hi - I am Caleena Namdev, President and Owner of Synergy HomeCare in Stamford, Connecticut. Our entire staff at SYNERGY HomeCare wishes to extend you our warmest welcome. We know that searching for personalized, high quality care for your loved one is difficult. Your loved ones deserve the highest level of care and support. At SYNERGY HomeCare, we strive to exceed the high standards that you have set for their care. Please call my office at (203) 661-6969 and speak to a member of my CareTEAM™.

When you call us, you will be speaking with Stamford's most reliable, professionally managed, non-medical homecare agency - an agency, you can depend on for the care of your loved ones, whether you live around town, or thousands of miles away. You will also be speaking with an agency, where the owners are directly involved in ensuring that your loved ones get the highest level of care. We are SWCCA approved and are able to work directly with your long term insurance provider and worker's compensation insurance provider."

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