How well your aging family member can see affects every aspect of her life. Useable vision is something that a lot of people take for granted until it becomes more of a problem. Here are some ways you can make your senior’s vision, good or poor, as helpful to her as possible.
Eye Exams Are a Key to Good Vision
If your elderly family member has been avoiding eye exams it’s time to get her back in the chair. Having her eyes examined is the best way to understand what’s going on with her changing vision and to spot potential eye health issues before they become a true problem. Your elderly family member’s eye doctor can help her and you to understand what’s going on right now with her eyes and how to make the most of her vision.
Bump up the Lighting
Your senior needs brighter lighting than either of you might realize. If she’s been having issues seeing, try changing out the light bulbs she’s got right now for brighter ones. LED bulbs are safer than CFL versions and they’re brighter and they last longer. For even bigger benefits, they give off less heat than other types of light bulbs, so they’re not going to make her uncomfortable or hot.
An Extra Pair of Glasses Can Be a Lifesaver
It’s not always feasible because glasses are expensive, but if you can hang onto the last pair of prescription lenses for your senior, that’s helpful. If she does lose or break her current prescription, the next most recent pair of glasses might be able to hold her over until she can get her current glasses either repaired or replaced. It’s not perfect, but it can help in a pinch.
Keep Those Lenses Clean
One of the most important parts of having glasses is that the lenses need to be clean and free of streaks. Even a slight smudge or film on the lenses can create problems for your senior. If you and your senior can incorporate regular lens cleaning sessions into your daily routine, she might not have to worry about any distracting dirt on her lenses.
If your senior’s vision has changed more than she realizes, she might need some help around the house. Elder care providers can take over vision-intensive tasks for her so that she doesn’t have to worry about what she’s not able to see.
Excerpt: Your senior’s vision is incredibly important but seeing as well as possible isn’t as difficult as you fear.
If you are considering Elder Care in Brewerton, NY for an aging loved one, please contact the caring staff at Serving Seniors, Inc. We specialize in offering services to the Senior Community in Syracuse and the surrounding area (Clay, Cicero, Liverpool, Baldwinsville, Central Square, and others). Call us today! 315-382-4300.
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