Regular eye exams are crucial for everyone, especially seniors whose eyes are more prone to disorders.  Eye problems develop painlessly and incrementally so that most people do not notice changes in their vision.  Annual exams help keep an “eye” on developing problems that may be able to be corrected by adjusting a prescription.  And for more severe problems such as glaucoma, cataracts, and macular degeneration it is very important for those to be diagnosed and treated to prevent further vision loss.

Caregivers need to be observant of the vision loss of the seniors in their care.  A lot of times individuals may not want to admit to vision loss and try to hide the symptoms.  Vision loss in seniors can be dangerous and could lead to mismanaged medication, or accidents at home and on the road if they are still driving.  Not wanting to drive at night, not seeing road signs, missing vehicle notifications, and having difficulty judging distances and speed are indications that vision loss is occurring.

Additionally, loss of sight could impact a person’s hygiene.  As a caregiver, there are a few things that you could do to help someone who is experiencing vision loss.  Marking their toothbrush so that it is easily distinguishable from anyone else’s in the household.   Moving hygiene products to pumps that will squeeze out pre-measured amounts.  Also, make sure that shampoos, conditioners, and body washes are in very different-looking bottles so as to not confuse them.

Lastly, if you think that your senior is experiencing vision loss point out obstacles in the home to them that could be potential hazards.  Seniors with poor vision have a greater tendency to trip and fall.

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