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How Your Loved One’s Eye Exam Might Save Her Sight

By Greg and Hilary Eldridge

Senior Care in Duluth GA

While you may have heard of glaucoma before, you may not be fully aware of what can happen to your elderly loved one. Getting an eye exam Senior-Care-Duluth-GAregularly is the key to an early diagnosis and treatment that really helps. If your loved one does indeed have glaucoma, it’s better to know about it so that you can help her get the treatment that she needs.

What Is Glaucoma?

Glaucoma is one of many eye diseases that can steal your elderly loved one’s vision. Glaucoma involves pressure inside the eyeball becoming gradually more severe until it eventually presses on the optical nerve. As the pressure increases, the nerve becomes damaged. There is no cure for glaucoma, but the effects can be slowed down. Once your loved one starts to lose her vision, it cannot be regained, so it’s really important that your loved one have regular eye exams that include screenings for glaucoma and other eye diseases.

Risk Factors for Glaucoma

Glaucoma can strike anyone at any age, but the elderly are more susceptible to dealing with this eye disease. If other members of your loved one’s family have had glaucoma, then she is more likely to develop glaucoma as well. People who have diabetes and people who are nearsighted can also have a higher risk factor for developing glaucoma. Prior eye injuries can be a precursor to developing glaucoma. Some medications may make your loved one more susceptible to glaucoma, so it’s important to keep yourself updated on the side effects of her medications.

If Your Loved One Has Glaucoma

If your loved one is having eye trouble or you suspect that she’s developing glaucoma, then it’s very important to have an eye doctor examine her as quickly as possible. Just being diagnosed with glaucoma does not automatically mean that your loved one is going to lose her vision. There are medications and surgical procedures that can slow down the process, even if they can’t cure the disease. Your loved one’s eye doctor can offer additional ideas for ways to make her life easier. Don’t forget to talk to her elder care providers as well, since they have plenty of experience helping elderly loved ones with problems related to glaucoma.

If your loved one hasn’t had an eye exam in a while, make an appointment for her as soon as possible.

If you or an aging loved one are looking for senior care in Duluth, GA, contact the caring staff at Home Helpers of Alpharetta. Call today (678) 430-8511.