Senior Care in Boca Raton FL
June is Cataract Awareness Month. This month focus your attention on helping your parent to understand this risk to their eye health and vision, and do what you can to help them keep their eyes healthier and their vision sharper throughout their later years.
Some things that you should know about cataracts include:
- A cataract by definition is a clouding of the lens of the eye that impacts the vision of the person with the cataract
- Cataracts are an extremely common issue of older adulthood. In fact, by the age of 80, more than half of seniors throughout the United States will either have had surgery to correct a cataract or still be dealing with a cataract
- A person can experience a cataract in just one eye or in both eyes. It is not contagious and will not spread to other people or from one eye to the other
- Cataracts cloud what should be a clear lens that is in front of the retina. This lens allows light to pass through in order to create the nerve signals of sight. The cataract causes less light to pass through and reduces the sharpness of vision, causing things that the person looks at to appear blurry
Though most cataracts are simply an effect of aging, there are also several other forms of cataracts. It is important to be aware of these so that if your aging loved one does begin to develop a cataract you can be aware of its cause and more active in helping your parent deal with it. These other forms of cataracts include:
- Secondary. These form as a result of other health complications or treatments, such as diabetes or surgery to correct glaucoma. Some medications are also known to cause cataracts
- Traumatic. Traumatic injury to the eye can also lead to eye injury. This is not always an immediate reaction. It can occur several years after the initial injury
- Radiation. Some cataracts form after exposure to certain types of radiation.
Symptoms of cataracts include:
- Blurry vision
- Cloudy vision
- Experiencing more glare
- Difficulty seeing at night
- Double vision
- Frequent changes in prescriptions for glasses or contacts
Cataracts can make a dramatic difference in your parent’s ability to see clearly and can impact their quality of life. Fortunately there are ways that you and your parent’s senior care provider can help to protect them. Use these tips to help guard your loved one’s eyes and protect them from cataracts as well as other eye health complications:
- Wear sunglasses that specifically note UV protection. Preferably these glasses should curve around the outside of the eye to block rays from these angles
- Wear a hat with a broad brim to protect against UV rays that may come from above the sunglasses
- Encourage your parent to stop smoking if they do
- Encourage a healthy diet rich in fruits and vegetables that provide the nutrients your parent’s eyes need to stay healthy and function at their best
- Bring them for regular eye exams so that the doctor is always up to date on changes in their eye health and function.
If you or an aging loved one are considering senior care in Boca Raton, FL, please contact the caring staff at Alternative Home Health Care today. Call (954) 622-0588.
Zach brings to Alternative 10 years of healthcare operations, sales, finance, and “turn around” experience, having led multiple home health care locations across five states to profitability and sustainability. His history of improving customer service, work flow design, and operational efficiencies along with bottom line profitability has earned him awards and recognition a top performer. Zach realized early on in his career that he felt a true connection to caring for those who need help and ensuring they received the highest quality of care available.
Zach received his Bachelor of Science in Political Science from Southern Illinois University Edwardsville. Zach resides in Fort Lauderdale with his wife, three dogs, one cat and stays very involved in his local community.
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