Vision loss, even in its most mild form, is a common senior health issue that can greatly compromise the safety of an older adult. Problems with vision are often the result of age-related health complications such as cataracts or macular degeneration which can cause vision loss ranging from mild blurring to a complete inability to see clearly. When a senior’s vision loss begins to progress, they may begin to isolate themselves and some find it difficult to live independently.
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During the early stages of vision loss, seniors may still attempt to complete their daily activities while being unaware of the possible dangers they face. For example, a senior who has lost their peripheral vision due to glaucoma may not be able to see another car coming as they make a turn while driving. Seniors with blurred vision may also not be able to read road signs and judge distance accurately, which can further compromise their safety while driving.
In addition to driving risks, a senior’s safety at home may be compromised by vision loss. Being unable to see objects in their path is a common cause of falls among seniors. Vision loss may also make it harder for seniors to tell if their cooking appliances are still on, and they may be unable to read medication instructions on their prescription labels. Family members may be unaware of the changes in a senior’s vision until an accident occurs that makes it evident a senior is struggling to live independently.
Reducing the health and safety risks caused by vision loss can be accomplished by ensuring that a senior adult has regular eye exams to assess their ability to see. When vision loss is diagnosed, senior adults and their families should then determine if there is a need for assistance with driving and accomplishing daily household tasks. This way, preventative measures can be implemented before a senior’s vision loss has a chance to compromise their health and safety.
For more information about senior safety or in-home care in Toronto, please contact a Care Manager directly at 416-488-8777. We offer complimentary in-home consultations where we will evaluate the needs of your aging loved one as well as their home environment to create a comprehensive care plan.