Aug 31, 2018 by Alan White
Among older adults, cataracts are the most common eye disease and the leading cause of blindness with over 24 million people afflicted over the age of 40. If your senior loved one is experiencing double or blurred vision, or needs more light than normal to read, then a cataract exam should be on the radar. The best way to prevent blindness from cataracts is to seek treatment as soon as symptoms set in. The earlier cataracts are discovered, the better their chances of preventing long-term difficulties.
A cataract is a condition that causes the eye lens to get cloudy and block light from entering, ailments which cannot be corrected with traditional prescription eyeglasses. Cataracts are not a painful nor do they cause red or teary eyes, however, they are frustrating to deal with.
Besides the effects of aging, doctors are unsure as to how cataracts are caused. That said, there are a few factors that doctors believe increase the risk for cataracts. Those include:
The easiest and immediate things your senior loved one can do to lower their risk of cataracts is to switch to a healthy diet rich in dark, leafy vegetables, regular exercise, and most importantly stop smoking. As stated above, doctor-prescribed diagnosis and treatments are the best way to prevent worst-case scenarios from occurring. As such, seniors should schedule regular eye exams with their doctors for early prevention and detection. Check out the Cherokee Eye Group in the Canton area for a local doctor that may recommend cataract surgery, which is often one of the best solutions for cataracts. With over 2 million cataract surgeries conducted each year at high levels of success (over 95% success), surgery is a great option. Recovery from cataract surgery is a matter of days, though it may take up to a month for the eye to fully heal.
Recovery from cataract surgery can limit the daily activities of your senior loved one, but a professional caregiver can change that. From daily tasks like housekeeping or cleaning, meal prepping, or mobility help and transportation, in-home care professionals can help elderly individuals recovering from cataract surgery. Reach out to us at (770) 232-6336 to find out how we can help!