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What Seniors Need to Know About National Eye Exam Month

All too often, eye health is ignored, despite the amazing amount of information they provide to the brain. August is National Eye Exam Month, so it’s an excellent time for people of all ages to recall when their last appointment was and see if they are current. Family caregivers should focus on their aging loved one’s eye health by scheduling an exam as soon as possible.

 

Elder Care in New London CT: National Eye Exam Month

Elder Care in New London CT: National Eye Exam Month

Elderly adults can really benefit from annual eye exams because they are at the greatest risk of developing eye diseases.

 

Eye Care and Elderly Adults

It may seem like regular eye exams for seniors are not necessary, especially if they aren’t noticing any problems and their eyewear is just fine. However, certain eye diseases don’t have any observable symptoms that people can notice. Only a trained professional can spot some of the early symptoms via an eye exam.

Experts recommend that adults get an eye exam at least once per year. However, some eye doctors may want to see elderly adults more frequently, especially if they have a family history of an eye disease. Also, many eye diseases are age-related, so seniors have a much higher risk of developing conditions that, without treatment, can lead to poor eye health and even blindness.

 

Among the most common eye diseases:

  • Glaucoma: Eye pressure from fluid buildup can damage the optic nerve.
  • Cataracts: The lens of the eye clouds up and restricts vision.
  • Macular degeneration: Central vision is affected by a damaged retina.
  • Diabetic retinopathy: Blood vessels within the eye become damaged due to high blood sugar.

When the eye doctor sees any symptoms of one of these serious diseases, they can recommend a more effective treatment plan. Without treatment, the diseases won’t be noticed until they have progressed greatly and have already caused a lot of damage. In that case, treatment is much more difficult and less effective.

 

Helping Seniors with Eye Exams

Family caregivers and home care providers play a large role in getting the aging adult to their eye exam. Most cities and towns have at least one eye clinic nearby, so it may be that home care providers have to make special arrangements to drive the aging adult to their appointment. A thorough eye exam includes dilation, so seniors should never drive themselves home from an appointment after such a treatment.

Thanks to National Eye Exam Month, family caregivers everywhere have the information and tools they need to realize how important it is to get their elderly relative an annual eye exam right away. Their eye health is far too important to ignore because every senior deserves the best vision possible to keep their quality of life.

If you or an aging loved-one are considering Elder Care in New London, CT, for companionship, transportation, or other elder care issues, please contact the caring staff at Care at Home – serving Connecticut and Rhode Island.
Call CT: (860) 333-6841 or RI: (401) 537-1609.

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Suzanne Karp, Founder

Founder, Owner at Care at Home
Suzanne was born in Southington, Connecticut and currently resides with her husband and two Shih Tzu’s in New London, Connecticut. In 2010, she started Care At Home, a non-medical home care company that assists seniors to remain in the safety and comfort of their own home.Care At Home has grown significantly in just a few years and now employs over 90 people.As a former engaged life director at a national assisted care facility for seniors, and as a Conservator for the State of Connecticut, she quickly learned that she loved caring for her seniors (my “Peeps”).They brought as much joy into her life as she did to theirs. In the Fall of 2016, Suzanne was instrumental in creating the Southeast Senior Network which consists of over 50 professionals in the senior care industry.As a member of the Leadership Team, Suzanne conducts the monthly meetings at various locations throughout Southeastern Connecticut. Her experience as a Conservator for the Probate Courts has lead her to meet and work with various organizations and discover resources as she helps many people in different stages of their life. All of her experience has lead her to a point in life in which she understands what seniors need, and how she can maintain or increase their quality of life.All of this has earned her the reputation of being referred to as the “Senior Whisperer”.

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