Home Care in Darien, CT - April is Women’s Eye Health and Safety Month
It’s easy to overlook certain aspects of one’s health. That’s especially true when everything seems to be fine, they have no vision problems, they can hear fine, and they could get around their house without any trouble. For aging seniors, physical challenges can become a problem. When it comes to vision, it’s a good idea that people visit their eye care professional for an exam on a regular basis. This is especially true for any senior who requires some type of home care.
Eye doctors recommend exams every other year, but depending on certain risk factors and age, it could be best to get a thorough eye exam on an annual basis. There are numerous problems that can arise with age. Glaucoma, cataracts, and macular degeneration top the list.
If you’ve noticed your aging mother having difficulty seeing, squinting when reading or looking at something in the distance, or doesn’t seem to respond to certain visual stimuli, it could be related to basic vision loss or a more serious problem.
April is Women’s Eye Health and Safety Month and below are a few tips that could help you begin discussing the importance of eye exams and protecting one’s eyesight into their Golden Years.
1. Be direct. A lot of people shy away from coming right out and saying what’s on their mind. Depending on the relationship you have with your elderly mother, being direct might be a problem for you. However, it’s one of the most effective ways to discuss important topics.
2. Talk about a friend of hers who is dealing with some vision problem at the moment. Your mother may very well know somebody else who is struggling with their vision. No matter what particular condition they may have been diagnosed with, this is a good launching point to discuss the topic with your elderly mother.
3. Encourage the use of sunglasses outside. Now that the weather has turned warmer, the sun is shining brighter and longer during the day. It’s more important than ever that people of all ages protect their eyesight from the harmful ultraviolet radiation from the sun. Just bringing up the topic about getting high quality, wraparound sunglasses can begin the discussion about protecting one’s vision.
4. Arm yourself with information. If you begin talking about vision concerns with your aging mother and don’t have any information to back up your statement or claims, it’s going to be difficult to convince her about the risks. Understand the various common problems that arise as people get older. For example, nearly half of seniors 80 years of age and over will be diagnosed with glaucoma at some point in their life.
Most vision related problems, as long as they are diagnosed early enough, have many treatment options that can protect vision and prevent permanent or total vision loss.
If you or an aging loved one are considering home care in Darien, CT or the surrounding areas, please contact SYNERGY HomeCare of Stamford, CT at 203-661-6969.