Every part of our bodies become more worn-out and prone to malfunctioning as we get older. Our eyes are no exception. Caregivers need to look out for some common eye-related conditions typically found in elderly care receivers.
This is an inability to focus on nearby objects such as small text, making those objects harder to see or blurred. This usually noticeable when an elderly care receiver reads something and finds that they are unable to read it clearly.
This may lead to a newfound habit of holding things further away in order to read it. Another common outcome of this condition is eyestrain or headaches as a result of reading closely or doing close-up work.
If you suspect that a care receiver may have presbyopia, consult a doctor, who may recommend eyeglasses, contact lenses or surgery to manage the condition.
A cataract is a cloudy area in the lens of the eye that causes glare or poor vision. It’s usually caused by age-related tissue damage but is also sometimes due to injury. It can start off as a small cloudy area that’s hardly noticeable, but as it progresses, it will become more obvious.
Its symptoms include
To prevent or delay the progress of cataracts,
The most common treatment for cataracts is surgery. Consult an eye doctor if you believe a care receiver is showing symptoms of cataract.
Eye dryness is a common eye complaint in older care receivers.
Regular eye lubricants and massaging of the areas around the tear ducts may help.
Many age-related eye conditions are irreversible, but a combination of sufficient eye rest, eyeglasses, contact lenses, surgery and eye medication such as eye drops can manage most conditions and preserve an elderly care receiver’s high quality of life.
Article reviewed by David Tay, Senior Principal Educator (Nursing and Prehospital Care), HMI Institute.