Eye changes

Our eyes consist of a gel-like substance called the vitreous. As we age the vitreous begins to shrink. When this happens, we may see what are called floaters. Floaters are small particles that can be witnessed in our field of vision.

Although floaters do not reduce most people’s field of vision, if floaters occur suddenly or if a client has a rapid increase in the number of floaters that they witness, it is time to get them back to the eye doctor for there may be additional issues. A caregiver is not capable of diagnosing these issues even though they spend more time with their clients than even some family members do.

When an individual has reduced peripheral vision, they lose their ability to drive. That is another reason that they require the services of a caregiver to get them from port to port when the need arises.

A lack of peripheral vision limits a person’s activity and their ability to interact with others. It can be quite devastating because it relegates one’s ability to get out amongst the public.

The visual field of the client may get smaller, limiting their ability to look up. This can be caused by weakened eye muscles. If the weakening occurs, it limits the eyes’ ability to be able to move in all directions.

Another discernible difference when we age is that our eyes fail to produce tears. This can lead to the condition termed dry eyes. When this condition occurs and is left untreated, eyes can become inflamed, infected and can cause scarring of the corneas. Eye care professionals may prescribe eyedrops or what is known as artificial tears.

According to the NIH, common eye disorders in the elderly (changes that are not normal) include cataractsglaucomamacular degeneration, and diabetic and hypertensive retinopathy.

If your client is having visual issues, they must discuss their symptoms with their health care providers. Helping them to do so proves that you believe that With Age Comes Respect.


About melissalstoneburner

Melissa is the proud mother of two boys. She also like to take care of all of her elderly clients as though they were her actual flesh and blood, too. Melissa began her elderly care business, Time to Care, in August, 2012. Since then, she has successfully seen several clients through life and onto the next life. She writes about what she knows, what she doesn't know, and reveals all the research in between. She believes that elderly care is the best thing she has ever done in life; second only to being a mother!
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