August is National Eye Exam Month, and the personal care companies Floridians trust – American, Advocate, Douglas and Whitsyms In-Home Care, encourage you to use this time to focus on the eye health of the older adults in your life. Although there are some typical age-related changes that can naturally occur as we grow older, there are also a number of more serious conditions that need proper detection and treatment to protect seniors’ vision.
The American Optometric Association advises annual eye exams for seniors, along with additional exams scheduled immediately if any vision changes are noted.
In particular, your loved one’s eye doctor will want to keep an eye out for these conditions:
Cataracts: When the lens becomes cloudy, it blurs the vision and makes it particularly difficult to see when the light levels are low.
Glaucoma: With no obvious symptoms in the early stages, glaucoma needs to be detected through an eye exam early in order to prevent blindness. Those with a family history of glaucoma, as well as African Americans, are at a heightened risk for the disease.
AMD (Age-Related Macular Degeneration): As the name suggests, this disease affects the macula, which controls central vision. Peripheral (side) vision remains intact.
Retinal Detachment: A separation or tearing of the retina can occur from trauma, or from chronic conditions such as diabetes or inflammatory eye disorders, and can lead to blindness if left untreated.
Diabetic Retinopathy: As damaged blood vessels leak, the retinal tissues swell and impact vision. In the most severe cases, this can lead to blindness.
American In-Home Care is always available to help ensure seniors have safe, reliable transportation and accompaniment to medical appointments and procedures, along with a full range of Florida senior care services, provided in the comfort of home.
Learn more about our family of brands and rich history of serving seniors in Florida for more than 25 years with the exceptional care they need and deserve. Choose the location that’s closest to you from the four options below:
- American In-Home Care – Serving North, Central, and West Coast of Florida
- Advocate In-Home Care – Serving Southeast and Southwest Florida
- Douglas In-Home Care – Serving Treasure Coast
- Whitsyms In-Home Care – Serving Southeast and Southwest Florida
Contact us at your convenience to discover how our professional Florida senior care services can improve health, wellbeing, and quality of life for the older adults you love. Whether the need is for just a few hours of respite care each week, full-time, live-in care, or any of a number of options in between, we’ll create a plan of care that addresses your specific needs. We look forward to the opportunity to serve you!
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