One-third of Americans have some sort of vision-impairing eye disease by the age of 65. And many don’t even know it. They simply think that their eyes are worsening because of old age.
But a senior can improve his or her chances of keeping their vision clear by getting an eye exam every year and working with their doctor. The earlier eye diseases are caught, the more likely that the eventual effects may be slowed or even stopped.
The four most common conditions that affect senior eye health are cataracts, glaucoma, age-related macular degeneration, and diabetic eye disease. Each of these, if caught early enough, can be easily managed with medication and changing some habits. However, if they are left untreated, blindness could be the eventual result.
If the senior would like to get her eyes examined, but cannot afford it, there are organizations that can help. The Lions Club was challenged by Helen Keller to become “knights of the blind in the crusade against darkness.” And they are doing just that by partnering with Lens Crafters, Pearl Vision, Sears Optical, and others to provide free eye exams and glasses to people in need each fall. If you would like more information about receiving services or donating, visit lionsclubs.org.
So call today and put an eye exam appointment in your calendar. Freedom Home Care offers the highest quality of service for all of our patients. We offer individualized Caregiver Services and can help make sure you get into a normal routine with your medications.