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What You Should Know About Cataract Awareness Month

By Mike Jackson, Owner

June is Cataract Awareness Month. As a family caregiver this is the ideal time for you to learn more about this condition so that you can help your parent to deal with them if they arise during their later years. A clouding of the lens of the eye, cataracts make it more difficult for your parent to see. Over time this can lead to challenges in their daily life and even increase the potential for dangerous situations, such as increasing fall risk. By addressing them effectively your parent can manage them and continue to pursue the lifestyle and quality of life that is right for them.

Some things that you should know about Cataract Awareness Month include:
• More than 24 million people over the age of 39 are currently living with cataracts
• This number accounts for approximately 1 in every 6 people in this age range
• By the age of 80, approximately 50 percent of people are dealing with cataracts
• This number accounts for 1 in every 2 people in this age range
• Slightly more women than men suffer from cataracts
• Cataracts can often be removed through surgical means
• More than 1 million cataract removal surgeries are performed throughout the United States each year, making it one of the most commonly performed surgeries in the country
• People who have a personal history of frequent exposure to ultraviolet radiation have a higher risk of suffering from cataracts
• Cigarette smoking and alcohol consumption are also linked to a higher risk of developing cataracts
• Certain medical conditions, including diabetes, increase the chances that your elderly loved one will develop cataracts and may cause them to develop earlier

Making sure that your parent visits the eye doctor regularly is a vital step in protecting them from cataracts or preparing both of you for this issue if it does occur. Talk to their eye doctor about how frequently your parent should visit and what they can do to address their risk for cataracts.

If your elderly loved one is dealing with new health challenges, you have found that your efforts are not as effective as you would want them to be or are not able to be with them as frequently as they need, or you simply feel that they would benefit from having more people involved in their care, now may be the ideal time to consider hiring a senior care provider for them. A senior home care services provider can work with you to create a customized schedule that will ensure they are with your senior when they need it to provide a highly personalized set of services designed to specifically address their needs. This helps your parent to stay happy, safe, healthy, and comfortable while also pursuing a lifestyle that is more active, engaged, and independent as they age in place. This can include safe and reliable transportation, assistance with activities of daily living and personal care, mobility assistance,
and companionship to support a better quality of life throughout their later years.

Source
http://www.mayoclinic.org/diseases-conditions/cataracts/home/ovc-20215123
http://www.visionproblemsus.org/cataract/cataract-definition.html

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