Experts estimate that there are approximately 3 million people throughout the United States who are currently living with glaucoma, though only about half of them actually know they are dealing with this condition. Glaucoma is a leading cause of blindness throughout the United States, and even those who receive treatment have a 10% chance of losing their vision due to the condition.
As with other health issues, early detection is key to helping your senior manage their glaucoma in the best way possible. In detecting this condition as soon as you can allows your aging parent to get the medical attention they need, and get on the course of management and treatment that is right for them and their eye health.
The different forms of glaucoma have different symptoms, but some signs that your senior may be dealing with this condition include:
- Blind spots in the peripheral vision
- Patchy spots in the central vision
- Tunnel vision
- Eye pain
- Severe headache
- Redness in the eyes
- Blurred vision
- Nausea and vomiting
- Appearance of “halos” around lights
It is important to note that not everybody who has glaucoma experiences distinct symptoms until the disease has progressed. Often people do not experience any type of pain or other such symptom. This makes regular eye doctor appointments even more critical, as it is this type of appointment that will detect the disease in the earliest stages before symptoms have occurred.
In order to detect the disease as soon as possible, your senior must undergo a dilated pupil exam. This allows the doctor to see the farthest reaches of the eye, and identify changes that indicate the earliest stages of glaucoma. Particularly if your senior is living with diabetes, talk to their eye doctor and establish a schedule of appointments that is right for your seniors eye health.
Being a family caregiver for your elderly parent can be one of the most meaningful decisions you make, but it can also be overwhelming. You may find yourself facing at challenges you didn’t expect, or realize your schedule is too busy to give your senior the care and support they deserve. If this happens, don’t feel alone. Help is available, and one of the best sources of help is home care services.
A home care services provider can be with your aging parent when it is right for them, and for you, to make sure your senior it gets everything they need to function, thrive, and live their highest quality of life. Whether this is just a couple of times a week to manage specific tasks such as running errands or bathing, or several hours every day, the customized scheduling and services of this care provider are designed to make the most of this time of your parents life, and relieve your stress.
If you or an aging loved one are considering Home Care Services in Fort Myers FL, call the caring staff at Dial-a-Nurse today. Naples: (239) 307-0033. Ft. Myers: (239) 307-0065.
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.