When you are a family caregiver for your elderly loved one, it is easy for all of your focus and attention to be on your aging parent. While it is good for you to put energy and effort into making sure that all of your parent’s needs are met, when that is to the sacrifice of your health and well-being, it can become a serious problem.
Many diseases that affect the eyes have no early symptoms. Macular degeneration, glaucoma and diabetic retinopathy can produce significant damage before the first signs appear. If these or other diseases have left your loved one with permanent vision loss, there are steps you can take to help them maintain their independence.
As a family caregiver, hearing a new diagnosis for your aging parent can be a nerve-racking experience. By taking a step back from your emotional response and instead asking the doctor important questions about this diagnosis you can reduce your stress, make your parent feel more confident, and prepare you to give them the best care possible as they manage this new condition.