Senior Care Blog

June is Cataract Awareness Month

By Jonathan Marsh, Owner of Home Helpers of Bradenton

Hi, Fellow Community Members!

Did you know that June is Cataract Awareness Month?  As a senior home care provider, we here at Home Helpers of Bradenton, FL wanted to take a moment to bring more awareness to the community about cataracts and the importance of an individual's eyes to their overall health.

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There is GREAT information on the Prevent Blindness website at the following URL. 

http://www.preventblindness.org/cataract

More specifically, you can find information on cataracts such as what they are, the symptoms, the types of cataracts, testing for cataracts, surgery, and recovery.  In addition, an informative fact sheet can be downloaded and perhaps printed for friends, family, or members of a group in which you may be involved.

“Cataract is a clouding of the eye’s lens which blocks or changes the passage of light into the eye.”  The website likens a cataract to a dirty lens on a camera.  When that lens is cloudy, you are unable to take a good picture. 

The great news is that, through cataract surgery, vision can be restored.  During the surgery, then lens of your eye is replaced.  You will see on the website that there are three options for the type of lens that is used as a replacement.  Cataract surgery remains one of the most commonly performed procedures in the U.S. and has an astounding 95 percent success rate.

WHAT IS VERY INTERESTING is that the website talks about how taking care of your eyes can contribute to your overall health.  More specifically, and this is especially important for our senior community, preventblindness.org indicates that those that had severe cataracts removed have a 23% less chance of hip fractures.  In other words, better vision means having a greater ability to prevent oneself from falls that could result in a serious injury.

Please make sure you include eye exams as part of your routine of checkups.  We often neglect our eyes until there is a major issue.  Per preventblindness.org, “Cataract generally does not cause pain, redness or tears.”  See the information at the link below for information on how often you should have an eye exam.  The recommended frequency is dependent on factors such as age, race, and risk factors such as diabetes.

http://www.preventblindness.org/how-often-should-i-have-eye-exam

For more information on cataracts including Medicare coverage, you can also call Prevent Blindness America at (800) 331-2020.  You may also wish to view more information on their website at preventblindness.org or on their Facebook page: www.facebook.com/preventblindness.

Yours truly,

Jonathan Marsh

Thanks for reading our blog.  At Home Helpers of Bradenton, we look to not only make life easier but to also make a difference in our clients’ lives.  It is truly an honor to have an opportunity to work with members of our community and we take the trust bestowed to us very seriously.

Contact Home Helpers of Bradenton FL for your Senior Home Care Needs

For information about how Home Helpers of Bradenton can serve you and your family, call 941-999-1960, email JMarsh@HomeHelpersHomeCare.com or visit Private Duty Home Care Bradenton FL - Home Helpers. Our senior care services including homemaker care, companion care, personal care, Alzheimer's and dementia care, respite care, 24 hour care & live-in care, and monitoring and medical alert services are available in Manatee County and Sarasota County in and around the communities of Anna Maria, Bradenton, Bradenton Beach, Ellenton, Holmes Beach, Lakewood Ranch, Longboat Key, Myakka City, Palmetto, Parrish, and Sarasota.  Our main office is located at 4230 59th St W, Ste C, Bradenton, FL 34209.

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