As we flip the calendar over and close the book on July, we would like to remind everyone that August is National Eye Exam Month! Eyesight can deteriorate both slightly and dramatically as we age; with a multitude of vision-improving aides available, it’s important to make sure you understand the quality of your vision and take the appropriate action to improve it if necessary.
The Mayo Clinic recommends that adults between the ages of 40 and 65 should have regular eye exams every two to four years. For seniors 65 and older, vision check-ups should be scheduled every one or two years. Frequent check-ups are also highly suggested for people who already wear glasses or contacts, as well as for anyone who has a family history of eye disease or suffers from a disease associated with poorer vision like diabetes and glaucoma.
If your doctor returns with results that aren’t quite 20/20, he or she will likely suggest corrective action to improve your vision. This may take the form of glasses, contact lenses or lasik surgery. Each has its advantages and disadvantages: glasses are easy to take on and off but are bulky and breakable; contacts allow for more natural vision but are hassle to put in and take out; and lasik surgery can be extremely helpful and quick but if done incorrectly can actually make eyesight worse. Consult your physician and/or ophthalmologist to understand the full costs and benefits of a treatment before proceeding.
Unfortunately, poorer vision may begin to dictate that you are unable to perform certain activities. For many independently-minded seniors, the most important of these is driving, without which they could not get to the grocery store, the doctor, or their social engagements. If poor vision is threatening to negatively impact your daily routine, consider hiring a professional in-home caregiver from Home Care Assistance, who can provide hourly or around-the-clock care services, including transportation to and from your activities. To learn more about our care options, give us a call today at 1-866-4-LiveIn!