Did you know cataracts are the leading cause of vision loss for individuals over the age of 70? If you have an aging parent or loved one, it is likely they will develop cataracts.

A cataract is a condition caused by gradual clouding of the crystalline lens, usually caused by age. The eye naturally has a lens that focuses light on the retina. As this lens matures, it becomes denser and more opaque. This blocks light from passing through the lens.
Common symptoms of cataracts include blurry vision, difficulty seeing at night, difficulty with glare, and difficulty distinguishing colors. Vision loss can make it very challenging for your loved one to perform many daily activities. Cataracts is one of those things we can’t fix. But, there are many ways you can help support and care for your loved one.

Household Chores
Laundry, dishes, cleaning, vacuuming, and many other household chores can become very challenging with vision loss. Ask your loved one if you can take some of these chores off their list. Maybe these are items you can help with, or you may even consider hiring a cleaning professional to help with some of the more tiring chores.

Cooking & Grocery Shopping
With vision loss, cooking can become extremely dangerous. Your loved one could accidentally grab a hot pan, turn the oven on too high, misread the ingredients, or leave the towel on the hot stove. Consider helping them meal prep, so for some meals, they only have to warm them up. When grocery shopping, your loved one could accidentally grab the wrong items, trip over items on the ground, or even misread some labels. Consider doing your grocery shopping at the same time, so your loved one still feels they are doing their own thing. If you cannot be present all the time, ensure someone else is available to keep an eye on your loved one as they cook and grocery shop.

Your loved one may not feel comfortable going places on their own anymore. Whether he/she is planning to drive somewhere or hop on another form of transportation, consider helping out by driving on certain days of the week.

Eliminate Trip Hazards
One of the most dangerous side effects of vision loss is falling. As we age, hip fractures, broken limbs, bumps, and bruises take a more significant toll on our bodies. Try to rearrange furniture, so there are wide, clear paths for walking. Analyze the flooring for any uneven or slippery spots that need attention. Designate one area of the house for all small toys or other items that are usually on the floor. Consider installing railings on stairways inside and outside the home.

For caregivers and cataract patients, cataract surgery can make a big difference in their quality of life. To learn more about cataracts or to schedule a comprehensive eye exam, contact Vision Associates today at 419-578-2020.

Author's Bio: 

Vision Associates, Inc. is a distinctive group of specialized ophthalmologists and optometrists offering services from routine exams to the medical and surgical treatment of complicated eye problems. Each eye care sub-specialty field is represented in our office; cornea, cataracts, glaucoma, neuro-ophthamology, oculoplastic & reconstructive surgery, and retinal diseases. Vision Associates is a center of excellence for your every eye care need. We look forward to seeing you in our office.