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Senior In-Home Care Resolves Issues for Cataract Sufferers

By Debbie Humphrey

Senior in-home care can be a Godsend to those suffering with cataracts. Not only do caregivers provide companionship to those unable to venture out freely, but they offer transportation options, assist with personal care, ensure proper medications are dispensed at appropriate intervals, and so much more.

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Chances are you know someone who has, or had, cataracts. This vision-killing condition is the result of an accumulation of proteins on the lenses of the eyes that blurs lines, distorts colors, displays halos around lights and presents floaters in the field of vision. If left untreated, cataracts ultimately lead to blindness.

August is Cataract Awareness Month, and it is important to realize the debilitating effects of this disease that typically occur in seniors over the age of 65. Optometrists and ophthalmologists often render a cataract diagnosis, much to the surprise of their older patients, because mature adults assume their vision is failing due to their age, rather than cataracts.

A decline in vision due to cataracts puts seniors at risk of many things, not the least of which are falling, taking the wrong medications, and causing or being involved in auto accidents, just to name a few. Simple things like telling time, recognizing signs, reading labels, putting on jewelry, and matching socks and shoes become much more difficult when one suffers with cataracts.

Treatment options are available for the removal of cataracts, after which understanding caregivers administer prescription eye drops to promote healing of the optic tissue for several weeks following treatment.

Please be aware of the challenges that come with cataracts, and consider senior in-home care to alleviate the obstacles that go along with this terrible disease. Home Helpers can help you, or someone you love, before, during, and after cataracts. To schedule an in-home consultation and be aligned with a professional caregiver today, call 727-942-2539.