If your aging relative has always enjoyed good vision and no eye diseases, they still need to attend regular eye exams. With August as National Eye Exam Month, many organizations are shining a spotlight on the importance of eye exams for all ages.
Your elderly loved one should not be forgotten when it comes to regular eye exams because senior eye heath is often overlooked.
Seniors and Eye Disease
The reason why eye examinations are so important for aging adults is that they have a high risk of developing certain eye diseases. This risk increases with age. Many of the symptoms are not detectable except via an eye exam. If left untreated in the early stages, these diseases can lead to serious health problems and even blindness.
Early detection is key in treating elderly eye diseases, so your aging relative is much better off with annual exams. Common eye diseases in aging adults include dry eye, macular degeneration, cataracts, glaucoma, macular degeneration, diabetic retinopathy and many more. Treating these diseases in their earliest detected stages really increases the success rate and minimizes their overall impact.
If you are like many other family caregivers, you might be forgetful about scheduling eye exams for your elderly relative. Taking care of a senior is demanding, with lots of other health issues requiring more of your attention. However, just like you wouldn’t put off a physician’s appointment for your elderly relative, you shouldn’t disregard the importance of seeing an eye doctor as well. Enlist the help of the homecare provider to ensure your aging loved one gets this important checkup done.
Promote Eye Health in Elderly Adults
In addition to encouraging everyone to get a regular eye exam done, National Eye Exam Month is designed to help people focus on what it takes to have good eye health in between visits to the eye doctor. The awareness campaign really wants to emphasize how important a healthy diet and regular exercise is to overall health and especially for eye health.
Another proactive thing that you can do for your loved one’s eye health is to get them some good UV-blocking sunglasses. Seniors should wear sunglasses when outside so that their overly sensitive eyes are not strained. Without them, they could develop headaches or blurred vision. Finally, sunglasses slow down the development of glaucoma and cataract development, both common eye diseases in the elderly.
There’s no doubt that seniors will benefit from regular eye exams. For those that depend on family caregivers and homecare aides for their daily needs, the responsibility shifts to these caretakers to see that you start to focus on eye health during this National Eye Exam Month.
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In 1995 he became Administrator of Dial-a-Nurse nursing agency, the oldest nursing agency in the Southwest Florida succeeding his mother who started the company 37 years ago. He is also President of Nevco, Inc., an educational healthcare training company begun in 1988.
Mr. Wolfendale has worked with the U.S. Department of Commerce on various Missions to improve the quality of life around the world by development of supportive healthcare programs. In 2005 he traveled with U.S. officials and addressed the Italian National Government assisting in the creation of Nurse Education mandates for that Country. In 2006 he was invited and spoke with the National Institutes of Continuing Education in Eastern Europe on healthcare education and developmental mandates, and most recently represented the United States at the European Union in Lake Balaton, Hungary in 2011. In 2014 he traveled with the U.S. Department of State to Singapore, Malaysia and Vietnam in an effort to improve caregiver knowledge and training.
Mr. Wolfendale has worked with a number of non-profits in contributing and creating curriculum to improve the quality of life in third-world countries since 2001, and notably created a successful program in Odessa, India that has been modeled in other areas of the world. In his backyard, he has worked with local Goodwill Industries to provide curriculum and training to underserved individuals who have obtained employment as a result of educational training. He was the Congressional appointment to the Governor's purple ribbon task force in 2013, and has worked to educate caregivers in all aspects of Alzheimer's training.
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