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Elder Care Services Experts Discuss Common Eye Problems

Jan 26, 2018 by Shannon Meller

We often do not spend a bunch of time thinking about our vision and we may even take it for granted. This often happens because we do not have to actively think about our vision for it to work – it just does. Our vision allows us to see the things around us and it allows us to experience the world in a whole new light. Elder care services professionals want to remind you that there are some eye problems that can occur that may limit or eliminate vision in your loved one.

Once a senior has turned 60, there are a number of eye diseases and conditions that can affect them. Sometimes, the symptoms of these conditions and diseases are so faint that the senior will not notice until his or her vision is lost. Elder care services experts recommend that seniors have their eyes checked annually to rule out any possible problems.

Below, our elder care services team will talk about the four most common eye problems that seniors face.

  1. Glaucoma – This is a disease that is marked by elevated pressure in the eye. The pressure causes the optic nerve to not work properly and results in vision loss. Almost 1 million people live with this disease and do not know
  2. Diabetic retinopathy – This is a complication that occurs in seniors who have diabetes. This happens when the blood vessels in the eye burst and then bleed. The condition leads to detachment of the retina
  3. Cataracts – This occurs when there is protein buildup on the lens and leads to opaque or cloudy vision
  4. Age-related macular degeneration – This occurs when the macula is injured or damaged and it leads to total blindness in the senior

Elder care services offered by Comfort Keepers is designed to help your loved one live independently. Call our office today to learn more. 

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