As we age, our eyesight often suffers. Regular eye exams are an important part of a health regimen for anyone, but especially senior citizens. There are several classifications of vision problems which you or a loved one may be experiencing.
Being knowledgeable regarding common warning signs can help to maintain healthy eyesight longer. While some vision problems come on quickly, such as a detached retina, others worsen over time. The longer treatment is delayed, the more likely there may be permanent vision loss.
Here is the information you need to know.
Vision Problems Related to Age
Macular Degeneration: Age-related macular degeneration (AMD) is the leading cause of serious vision loss in individuals over 50 years old. The condition generally makes it difficult to see specific objects clearly, as well as causing the loss of color vision. Early signs of AMD may include a dark area in the center of your field of vision.
Cataracts: 24 million adults suffer from cataracts, which are characterized by blurred vision, night vision problems and increased sensitivity to glare. Left unattended, cataracts are the leading cause of blindness in the United States. Cataracts are identified by cloudy or opaque areas in the lens of the eye.
Glaucoma: This eye disease is actually a group of various eye conditions which cause damage to the optic nerve, eventually causing total vision loss if not treated. It is most often seen in people over 40, but if caught early can be treated. Glaucoma is the second leading cause of blindness behind AMD, identified by the loss of peripheral vision, tunnel or hazy vision and increased sensitivity to light.
Double Vision: There is not one definite cause for double vision, but it is often a warning sign for something far more serious. While double vision and ghost images are most often associated with vision problems, they can also indicate a stroke – so it is important to get to a doctor as quickly as possible.
Blepharitis and Dry Eye Syndrome: Blepharitis results in an infection or inflammation of the eyelid, and is more of a nuisance than a severe condition. Itchy, irritated eyelids and scaly eyelashes (similar to dandruff) are the main symptoms. Blepharitis is not contagious, but can progress into dry eye syndrome. Seniors are especially vulnerable to dry eye syndrome.
Senior citizens can feel very isolated if their eyesight begins to fail. For those who have balance or mobility issues, visions problems can be especially disconcerting. Vision problems are also scary when the environment is unfamiliar, such as when they move from their family home to an adult residence.
Being proactive about eye health is the best way to protect eyesight as we grow older. If your loved one lives in an assisted living facility or memory care center, speak with the administration to discuss the best way to attend eye appointments. Most adult living residences will provide transportation to doctors appointments if you are not available to drive your loved one.
The team at A Banyan Residence are committed to the total health and well-being of our residents. If you are looking for Venice area assisted living, give us a call today.