A comprehensive dilated eye exam is important to senior health because it is the only way to detect the early stages of disease that are associated with aging. Senior vision loss usually comes from diseases associated with aging such as: macular degeneration, cataracts, diabetic retinopathy and glaucoma. A dilated eye exam is a painless procedure and is the best way to identify if you need glasses or contacts, or are in the early stages of a serious but treatable eye disease.
Taking care of your eyes is important to remaining active and independent in your own home. Poor vision makes it harder to read, drive and handle money. Taking care of your eyes may also benefit your overall health. Seniors with vision problems are more likely than those with good vision to have diabetes, poor hearing, heart problems, high blood pressure, lower back pain and stroke. You are also at increased risk for falls, injury and depression.
If you have vision problems, consider the following tips:
- Read large print books.
- Use the magnifier tool on the computer.
- Use a simple lighted magnifying glass or one with an LED light for working on detailed tasks.
- Install recessed or track lighting in your home or office. This allows you to point the light where you want it.
- Take a pocket magnifier with you for reading away from home.
Home Health Medical offers a variety of helpful health care products for seniors with impaired vision. Call 877-621-4660 or visit www.HomeHealthMedical.com.
Community Health Network’s Touchpoint and Community Home Health Services offer a full continuum of services designed to meet the diverse needs of the older adult. These services also include an in-home assessment by a senior care manager. For more information please call 800-404-4852 or 317-621-4800. Or, visit our website at www.eCommunity.com/touchpoint.*Image courtesy of www.retinacolorado.com