“By age 80, more than half of all Americans either have a cataract or have had cataract surgery.” – National Eye Institute
A cataract is a clouding of the lens in the eye. It causes blurry sight, decreasing vision sharpness, and can occur in one or both eyes. From behind the iris and pupil, the lens takes on multiple functions, including focusing light onto the retina, and adjusting eye focus according to how close or far away we are to an object within our sight.
The National Institute of Health explains that over time as we age, the lens, which is made of water and protein, can experience clouding caused by some protein attaching to others like it. This results in clumps that impair vision.
A cataract grows slowly, and in its primary stages may not even cause any sight problems. Over time this changes, as it enlarges and becomes dark yellow or brown, shading your elderly loved one’s vision. A number of tests are available to test for the condition, including dilated eye exams and vision acuity test. But if a cataract is found, a physician could actually advise your mom or dad not to remove it.
If a cataract doesn’t cause difficulty in performing everyday activities, such as driving, many surgeons would advise against performing a lens removal and replacement surgery. It is when vision becomes threatened that they tend to suggest a procedure. But either way, the decision is a serious one, and should be made together to ensure the highest quality of health and lifestyle can be maintained for your number one senior.
There is so much to think about when entering the later stages of life. If you are considering elder care options, we at 805Aging can help. Our professional staff specializes in assisting you to choose the right kind of care for your loved one.
We conduct regular check-ins when you are unable to do so. 805Aging also provides oversight and detailed feedback to the family to keep your loved one safe and well-cared for day or night, weekday or weekend, holiday and every day.
We have the resources. We can hold your hand. We can guide you. Your peace of mind is our main goal, and is well assured. To find out more, call us at 805-750-4755 or visit our website and sign up for our monthly newsletter: www.805Aging.com.
There is no manual on how to take care of your parents as they age. They had a baby book when you were young. You have us. -Amy