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Is Visiting the Eye Doctor an Important Part of Your Parent's Later Years?

By Hilary and Greg Eldridge

As a family caregiver for your aging parent, one of your most important priorities is keeping them as healthy as possible throughout their later years. This means encouraging them to take the proper steps to guard their health and to prevent health problems before they can begin. This proactive approach to health reduces the risk that they will suffer health issues, but also increases the chances that any health issues that they do face will be detected early, which is key to getting them on the course of treatment and management that is right for them. While you might think about common health issues such as heart disease, diabetes, high blood pressure, and others, and the medical teams that can address these, it is important that you do not forget other elements of your parents health as age in place, including their eye-health. Seniors are at increased risk for a wide variety of eye health problems including cataracts and glaucoma, so it is extremely important that they continue to get eye exams on a regular basis.

Visiting the eye doctor regularly is not just a part of protecting your parents vision, helping them to manage reduced vision, or detecting eye diseases and other problems. Eye doctors can be instrumental in telling your parents about their overall health and in early detection of many potentially serious diseases and health conditions. They can detect subtle changes in the eyes that indicate problems occurring throughout the body, such as tears or inflammation in the capillaries, changes in structure, or problems with the blood vessels. These are often extremely early signs of health conditions, which can allow for early diagnosis and early intervention.


Some diseases and health conditions that an eye doctor can help detect include:

  • Diabetes
  • High cholesterol
  • High blood pressure
  • Tumors
  • Some forms of cancer
  • Autoimmune diseases
  • Thyroid diseases

If your aging parent is suffering from health challenges, personal care needs, or limitations that keep them from living their fullest, most fulfilling lifestyle, starting elderly care for them may be the ideal way to address these needs. An elderly home care services provider can be with your parent on a customized schedule to ensure that they receive everything that they need to to manage their issues in the way that is right for them, and support a lifestyle that is independent, active, engaged, and fulfilling. Through a set of personalized services tailored specifically to them, this care provider will encourage your parent to stay healthy, safe, comfortable, and happy as they age in place. As their family caregiver this can give you tremendous peace of mind knowing that they are in good hands both when you are with them and when you are not.

https://www.glaucoma.org/glaucoma/glaucoma-facts-and-stats.php

http://yoursightmatters.com/7-health-problems-eye-exams-can-detect/

If you or an aging loved one are considering hiring elderly care in Duluth, GA, please contact the caring staff at Home Helpers, call (678) 430-8511.