Discussing health issues is difficult for many older adults. They may believe their health issues are their business and no one else’s, or they might be fearful that if they admit to experiencing problems, they’ll compromise their ability to remain independent. This is often the case when it comes to vision loss.
A senior who is having trouble seeing may do his best to hide the issue from family and friends. As a result, it’s beneficial to know how to identify changes in behavior and appearance that might indicate a senior should visit his doctor or eye care professional. Keep an eye out for these red flags that could be caused by vision loss:
- Bumping into objects, tripping, moving very carefully or touching the wall while walking
- Seeming to be visually confused in a familiar place
- Under-reaching or over-reaching for objects
- Stopping certain enjoyable activities such as reading, watching TV, driving, walking, or participating in hobbies
- Tilting the head or squinting to see, or holding reading material close to the face
- Struggling to identify faces, objects or colors
- Stained clothing or outfit color combinations that do not match
- Seeking out more or different kinds of lighting for reading or other activities
- Having trouble cutting or serving food, or knocking over glasses
In addition, if the senior complains about the following, it could be a sign of losing vision:
- Pointing out halos or rings around lights, or seeing spots in front of his or her eyes
- Complaining of eye pain
- Experiencing reduced night vision, double or distorted vision
Losing vision doesn’t have to mean losing independence. With a little help from Well-Being Home Care of New Jersey, seniors with vision problems can continue to safely enjoy all that life has to offer. We offer transportation and accompaniment services, meal preparation, house cleaning, errand-running, and much more, allowing older adults to age at home where they are most comfortable, to keep the routines to which they’re accustomed, and to experience enhanced socialization. Contact us any time at 201-781-6103 to learn more!