SENIOR CARE: Cataracts and Seniors— What You Need to Know

SENIOR CARE: Cataracts and Seniors— What You Need to Know

Cataracts and Seniors

June is Cataract Awareness Month, making it a good time to talk about this degenerative condition that affects the eyesight of over million Americans. Cataracts generally affect older adults.  In fact, according to the American Academy of Ophthalmology, nearly half of all seniors over the age of 75 have cataracts.  Learn more about the facts on the condition, including prevention and treatment, below.

What Cataracts Are

Cataracts are a clouding over of the lens of the eyes.  Usually occurring in both eyes, the lens usually gets cloudier over time, causing gradual vision loss that can get worse over time.  The lens also becomes hard, further affecting eyesight.  Symptoms of cataracts include:

  • Gradual vision loss
  • Blurred vision
  • Night “blindness”
  • Problems with glare
  • A feeling you need stronger glasses
  • Possible double vision
  • Lights may have a “halo” around them
  • Spots in your vision

The chances for developing cataracts increase as we get older, but there are also additional risk factors.  For instance, those with Native American heritage and diabetics have an increased risk of developing cataracts.  Other risk factors include smoking, medications like steroids, injury to the eyes and other injuries, like chemical burns and electrical shock.

Prevention and Treatment for Seniors

Getting regular eye check-ups with cataract screenings is also important for seniors.  If you do develop cataracts, surgery is the only option for correcting the issue.

As a trusted in-home care provider for seniors in Lakeland, Winter Haven, Sebring, and the Polk County area, our caregivers can often help recognize that something is amiss with our senior clients’ quality of vision.  In order to prevent potential risk of fall or other injury that might result from impaired vision, it’s essential to try and catch cataracts in the early stages.   

This column is sponsored by Comfort Keepers of Polk County.

 BIO: Tracy Kelley is the owner/operator of Comfort Keepers of Polk County. For over 14 years, she has been leading professional and extensively-trained caregivers to help seniors of Central Florida maintain their quality of life. Her motto— and that of Comfort Keepers of Polk County— is “we get to help the hands that built America.” For more information about Comfort Keepers, visit lakeland-381.comfortkeepers.com or call (863) 292-6199.

by TRACY KELLEY

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