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Get Your Elderly Loved One with Alzheimer’s to the Eye Doctor During Save Your Vision Month

Alzheimer’s Care in Houston TX

Alzheimer's Care It is recommended that most adults visit their eye care professional at least once every two years for a regular checkup. For those who wear contacts, they realize they have to visit their eye doctor every year in order to get their prescription renewed, otherwise they won’t be able to get new contacts.

If you have an elderly loved one who has been diagnosed with Alzheimer’s, not only do you want them to get the best possible care, you also want to help protect them from various health issues. One of those health issues could be vision loss. March is Save Your Vision Month and for anyone who may be dealing with some form of dementia, including Alzheimer’s, it can be difficult for them to convey certain challenges they may be having with regard to their ability to see clearly.

There are certain things that you can look for that may indicate potential vision related problems, but some of the symptoms can also be related to memory loss and other signs and symptoms of Alzheimer’s disease.

Not being able to see in the distance clearly.

As people get older they may experience more vision loss which would require a stronger prescription of glasses. If they don’t have a stronger prescription, they may squint or have a difficult time actually seeing something in the distance. Some seniors may have a tendency to claim they are seeing the same thing another person is pointing to, but they don’t actually see it.

If the topic is brought up later in the day, a person with Alzheimer’s may not admit to seeing it or even that they know what the other person is talking about. This can certainly be passed off as a symptom of this form of dementia, but it could also be directly connected to their inability to actually see clearly.

As people get older, the risk of certain vision related problems increases, including glaucoma, cataracts, and macular degeneration. As it can be difficult to determine whether an elderly loved one with Alzheimer’s may be having difficulty with his or her vision, it’s more important than ever to encourage them to visit an eye care professional at least once a year, if not more often, depending on family history and other factors that can increase the risk of developing these and other vision related problems.

The best way to protect one’s vision and eyesight is to be proactive through regular visits to their eye care professional.

If you have a loved one who could benefit from Alzheimer’s care in Houston, TX, contact the caregivers at SYNERGY HomeCare. We help seniors and their families with many levels of home care service. Call (281) 407-1200 for more information.

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