Aug 23, 2018 by David Yeomans
As we grow older, certain conditions can severely impact our vision. For example, age-related macular degeneration (AMD) is the leading cause of vision loss and blindness in adults aged 65 years and older. AMD affects the part of the eye responsible for the central vision - the "straight ahead" eyesight needed for driving, reading, sports, and many daily living activities. Vision loss due to macular degeneration is not reversible, and there is currently no cure for AMD. With early diagnosis and intervention, however, the degree of vision loss can be slowed or stopped. This is one of the reasons why it is so important that seniors continue to have annual eye exams.
The loss of vision, even if it is not a total loss, can be life-changing. For seniors, vision loss can lead to a driver's license being taken away, an increased risk of tripping or falling, and it can be more difficult or even impossible to read labels on medication and foods. For many seniors, vision loss may make it impossible to live alone without assistance. Thankfully, Comfort Keepers senior home health care can help.
Comfort Keepers, senior home health care services go beyond housekeeping and laundry to include help with errands, local transportation support, medication management, and help reducing fall risks. Since each senior's support plan is custom tailored to meet their unique and individual needs, seniors know they will receive the support and services required to maximize their quality of life while helping them safely remain in the comfort and convenience of their own home.
While age-related macular degeneration may not have a cure, there are some things seniors can do to limit their risk of AMD-related vision loss.
For more information about age-related macular degeneration or the many ways Comfort Keepers senior home health care can help your senior loved one safely age-in-place, contact a senior care coordinator today.
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