If you have an elderly loved one, it’s not unlikely for him or her to develop cataracts due to advanced age. Cataracts are the leading cause of vision loss in the United States. It affects about 50% of individuals aged 75 and older. This is a natural condition that develops over time, and some of the most common symptoms include blurred vision, sensitivity to light and glare, and seeing “halos” around lights.
Cataracts cloud the eye’s lens and, at early stages, can cause nearsightedness. If left untreated, cataracts can even lead to blindness. So be sure to get your loved one’s eyes checked regularly by an ophthalmologist, especially if there seem to be any changes in vision.
While the only way to get rid of cataracts is surgery, there are other alternatives to help your loved one live with cataracts if you wish to avoid or delay surgery. Install brighter lights at home for your loved one, encourage him or her to wear anti-glare sunglasses, and use a magnifying lens for reading and other activities.
Your loved one’s doctor might suggest surgery if cataracts start getting in the way of everyday activities. Cataract surgery involves removal of the clouded lens and replacing it with a new, artificial lens. It is a safe and effective surgery with 9 out of 10 patients experiencing improved vision afterwards.
Caring for a loved one with advanced cataracts can be tricky if you’re doing it alone. So, looking into nursing care services can be a good option for you and your loved one to have some extra help in the home. Additionally, there are other ways you can increase your loved one’s quality of life:
- Provide assistance with difficult tasks around the house
- Clear up the clutter around the home to prevent falls
- Help with reading and responding to mail and other correspondence/documents
- Assist with preparing and cooking meals for your loved one
- Make sure your loved one feels supported
It’s understandable that you have other responsibilities and may not have time to assist your loved one with everything you want to help with. Consider home health care and companionship services from a trusted, licensed home health care agency. Passionate Private Duty offers home services in Illinois. With our help, your loved one will not only be safe at home, but they will also have a companion to talk to and enjoy their hobbies with.