Senior Care in Scottsdale AZ
So many things are happening in your senior parent’s life that it can sometimes be difficult to keep up with all of the changes. There are changes in their health, there can be changes in their emotions, and they can be less mobile than they used to be, requiring more care from you. Even with all of the changes, one thing that should never be overlooked is your parent’s eye health.
According to the American Academy of Ophthalmology, adults aged 65 years and older should have an eye examination every one to two years, regardless of any health symptoms or difficulty seeing. Diseases, like glaucoma, can be present without any symptoms. Sometimes the only way to catch serious eye conditions and treat them successfully is to detect them early.
In some situations, it is necessary for a senior to see the eye doctor more than one to two times a year. If they have diabetes, for example, or high blood pressure, they’re at increased risk for certain eye diseases. Make sure their senior care giver is aware of any issues that exist and discuss setting up regular, scheduled exams with their eye doctor.
Some symptoms that don’t necessarily indicate disease, but to be aware of when it comes to your parent’s eyes health are:
- Floaters – Tiny specks that float across the field of vision.
- Dry Eyes – Dry eyes do not typically indicate disease, but in rare cases has led to blindness. Dry eyes happen when the tear glands cannot produce sufficient tears.
- Tearing – Tearing can be an indicator of a serious condition like an eye infection or corneal abrasion.
- Vision Loss – Any loss of vision requires a visit to the eye doctor. There are a number of issues that can cause vision loss, including, disease, macular degeneration, or even a simple need for a stronger prescription for your loved one’s glasses.
- Changes in the Appearance of the Eye – If your loved one is experiencing physical changes in their eye, they should see an eye doctor who will know if a serious condition is present or not.
Eye health is important for everyone, including aging adults. With regular eye exams, serious conditions can be treated and potentially corrected. Be sure your loved one’s senior care provider is aware of any eye health conditions that exist, so they can partner with you in ensuring your parent’s eye health.
If you or an aging loved one are considering senior care in Scottsdale, AZ, contact the caring staff at Assisting Hands Home Care at (480) 725-7002.
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