Talking about health concerns is difficult for many older individuals. They may think their health issues are their own business and not anyone else’s, or they may be afraid that if they admit to experiencing problems, they might compromise their ability to maintain their independence. This is oftentimes the case when it comes to vision loss.
An older adult who is having problems with vision may do his or her best to conceal the issue from friends and family. As a result, it’s beneficial to know how to recognize changes in behavior and physical appearance that could signify the senior should visit his/her doctor or eye care professional. Keep an eye out for these red flags that could signify vision loss:
- Bumping into items, stumbling, moving very cautiously or touching the wall while walking
- Seeming to be visually confused in a familiar place
- Over-reaching or under-reaching for objects
- Discontinuing certain enjoyable activities like reading, watching TV, driving, walking, or getting involved in previously-enjoyed hobbies
- Tilting the head or squinting to see, or holding reading material near to the face
- Struggling to identify people’s faces, objects or colors
- Stained clothing or outfit color combinations that do not match
- Seeking out more or different types of lighting for reading or other activities
- Having difficulty with cutting or serving food, or knocking over glasses
Also, if the older person complains about the items below, it could be indicative of losing vision:
- Mentioning seeing halos or rings around lights, or observing spots in front of his or her eyes
- Complaining of eye pain
- Being afflicted by diminished night vision, double or distorted vision
Vision loss doesn’t have to equate to the loss of freedom. With a little support from Live Well at Home, seniors with vision problems can continue to safely enjoy all that life has to offer. We can provide transportation services, meal planning and preparation, housecleaning, errand-running, and much more, helping older adults to age at home where they are most comfortable, to maintain the routines to which they’re accustomed, and to experience enhanced socialization. Call us any time at 800-478-1209 to learn more about our Carmichael senior care and the communities we serve! View our full service area here.