Low vision is a specific type of vision issue that your elderly family member might start to experience. It can be subtle at first, getting gradually worse until she realizes that there’s something going on with her vision. Your senior’s eye doctor can give her the specifics about how it is affecting her, so if she hasn’t had an eye appointment in a while, now is the time to set up a visit.
Low Vision: Definition…
It is a type of vision loss that isn’t correctable with glasses or surgery. People who experience this condition find that they have trouble seeing things in the center of their vision or that they lose peripheral vision. Night blindness can also be a part of this condition as well. Your senior might also experience hazy or blurry vision as a symptom.
What Does It Affect?
It affects every area of your senior’s life. Gradually she may find it difficult to do things like watching television, reading, engaging in crafting activities, playing games, and even driving. Your senior may worry that she’s going to lose her independence and other important aspects of her life in this battle with her vision.
Aging doesn’t cause vision troubles, but older adults are more likely to experience this condition because so many of the health issues that contribute to it occur in aging adults. Conditions like cataracts, glaucoma, and macular degeneration can all contribute to it, but there are many other causes, too. If your senior is able to treat or to reverse some of these health issues, some of her vision troubles may improve, but there’s no guarantee.
Your senior’s eye doctor may be able to help her to find some solutions that help at least a little bit with h. Increasing lighting can be a big help, as can treating any underlying conditions that contribute to this condition. Something else that can help quite a bit is to have some extra help. Senior care providers can handle tasks that have become too difficult for your elderly family member to take care of with her vision issues.
It can be frustrating for your elderly family member. Some of her favorite activities might have become so difficult that she can no longer do them, which can cause her to experience emotions that are tough to manage. Therapy can help, if your senior is open to it.