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Eye Health: Protecting Your Parent’s Vision

In honor of Glaucoma Awareness Month, we went through our blog library and found a few of our most popular posts related to eye health.

January is Glaucoma Awareness Month, an important time to raise awareness of this growing disease, as well as other eye health problems. If you are caring for an aging parent or other loved one, it’s important that they get an eye exam every year, especially if they are over the age of 65. These exams are even more critical if they have high blood pressure, diabetes or a family history of eye disease.

Many eye diseases have no physical symptoms. Therefore, regular eye examinations can help detect issues early on, which can protect your parent’s vision as they age.

The Leading Cause of Irreversible Blindness

Glaucoma is a disease that damages the eye’s optic nerve. It typically happens when fluid builds up in the front part of the eye. That extra fluid increases eye pressure, damaging the optic nerve. It also can result in partial to complete loss of vision. Here are some symptoms of glaucoma to be aware of, as well as treatment options and prevention.

Age-Related Eye Health Problems

Changes in vision can occur in the later years of life. The risk of developing eye diseases and age-related eye health problems that lead to vision loss can increase after the age of 65. Ensuring your parents get regular eye exams and maintain healthy habits gives you a better chance of detecting certain eye diseases before it’s too late. Here is a look at some common age-related eye health problems and several healthy eye care tips that can help protect their vision as they age.

Regular Eye Exams Are Key

January is a great time to schedule an annual eye exam. If your parents have not had their eyes checked in years, perhaps these reasons can help convince them how important it is.

We understand how demanding family caregiving can be. We help so many people who are caring for an aging parent while also working a full-time job and taking care of their own children. FirstLight can provide companion care services to help get your loved one to their eye doctor appointment, sit with them during the exam and make sure they follow any care plans provided by their healthcare professional.

Contact us today to see how we can help.

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