5 Most Common Vision Problems in Seniors

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As we reach our golden years, we become more likely to develop a number of health related conditions including vision problems due to an unhealthy lifestyle. Some eye diseases can change your senior loved one’s vision permanently while some of them which are mentioned in this slideshare can also be treated if detected earlier. Link to our website: http://homecareassistancecsprings.com/

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5 Most Common Vision Problems in Seniors As we reach our golden years, we become more likely to develop a number of health related conditions including vision problems due to an unhealthy lifestyle. Some eye diseases can change your senior loved one’s vision permanently while these can also be treated if detected earlier. Cataracts and glaucoma are much more common than any other age-related vision problem but conjunctivitis and dry eyes are less severe than others. However, dry eyes can become a routine during winters because of recirculation of air from the heater. According to Colorado home health care experts impairing vision can lead seniors to a number of complications in daily life like an inability to drive, limited mobility, loss of independence, social withdrawal and also cause depression and anxiety.

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Here are 5 most common age-related vision problems found in seniors. 1. Age-Related Macular Degeneration Age-Related Macular Degeneration (AMD) is a leading cause of severe vision loss among older adults and causes loss of central vision. Its symptoms incorporate gradual loss of ability to clearly see objects, distortion of shapes and objects, inability to see colors clearly, and a dark area in the center of vision.

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2. Cataracts A cataract is an opaque or cloudy part in the lens of the eye that may cause blurred vision. It is one of the leading causes of vision loss in the elderly. Hazy or blurred vision, progressive difficulty seeing objects at night, increased sensitivity to bright lights, and decreased intensity of colors are common symptoms of cataracts where depression and anxiety play a major part.

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3. Glaucoma Glaucoma is the second-leading cause of vision loss among seniors; it is, in fact, a group of eye disorders. These disorders progressively damage the optic nerve and eventually result in loss of vision. Seniors are advised to get an annual eye exam, especially those with a family history of glaucoma.

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4. Blepharitis Blepharitis is an infection or inflammation of the eyelid and it may lead to similar symptoms of dry eye. Its symptoms incorporate itchy and irritated eyelids and development of dandruff-like patches on eyelashes. Though it is itchy and uncomfortable, it is not infectious and doesn’t typically cause vision damage.

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5. Other Vision Problems Diabetic retinopathy is another cause of vision impairment in seniors. In this condition seniors with diabetes endure damaged blood vessels in the retina. Other health conditions also contribute to vision impairment including arthritis and high blood pressure. Since these health issues are more common in older adults, monitoring overall wellbeing gets crucial.

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Family caregivers are suggested to encourage their elderly loved ones to maintain a healthy lifestyle by eating nutritious foods and involving in regular physical activity. Make sure to include plenty of green vegetables and colorful fruits in their diet, and consider vision healthy vitamins and antioxidant supplements to keep diabetes and blood pressure under control, therefore, retain overall wellbeing. You can also consider consulting a well-known home care provider to offer the expertise allowing your loved one maintain a high quality of life while they age in place and you to spend quality time with them.

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