6 Things Every Caregiver Caring for Seniors with Vision Problems Must Know

As a caregiver, there are a lot of different things you need to keep in check to make sure you are taking care of your seniors in the best way possible. Eye and vision related problems are not only common, but to a point inevitable in seniors. If you are a caregiver caring for a senior with eye problems, you can follow these tips to make your job easier and make you senior’s life a little more comfortable.

  1. Have Open Conversations

As a caregiver, you must always encourage the people you are caring for to actively participate in discussions regarding their medical treatment. This will make them feel comfortable while establishing a sense of responsibility and commitment towards their personal well-being within them.

  1. Preventative Care for Eyeglasses

The most common problem among seniors is that they are unable to keep track of their belongings more often than not. They might even end up sitting on it or stepping on them, leaving them disoriented. So, remember to check their glasses on a regular basis to ensure they are in good shape.

  1. Provide Additional Reading Tools

Due to problems like low vision or decreased color vision, activities like reading and writing can be quite difficult for seniors. This can be tackled by providing them with additional reading tools like magnifying glasses with in-built LED lights.

As for settings with excessive bright light, you can provide the seniors with specially designed sunglasses. In fact these days, light-sensitive lenses known as photochromatic lenses that are known to auto adjust to bright lights are also available.

  1. Provide Nutrient Rich Meals

Always try to ensure the seniors are provided with well-balanced meals that are filled with essential nutrients such as Vitamin A, C, D & E, Lutein, Zexanthin, Zinc, Omega 3 fatty acids and Selenium. The intake of these vitamins can be supplement by providing a diet rich in proteins like fish, soy and eggs supplemented by leafy greens and fruits.

  1. Rest and Relaxation

While ensuring proper precautions are taken to ensure that vision loss doesn’t overwhelm the seniors suffering from it, it is also necessary to ensure they also give their eyes rest by indulging in other recreational activities like yoga, board games or slow-walking. This not only benefits their health but also keeps their spirits high!

  1. Regular Eye Exams

It is especially important for caregivers to schedule routine eye exams for seniors suffering from vision related problem in order to keep a tab on the effectiveness of the care that is being administered. It also enables early diagnosis of various other vision related problems. Problems such as low vision and cataract can be tackled efficiently by minimally invasive procedures if detected in its earlier stages.

Be sure to set-up a medical emergency plan in case of mishaps or accidents. Maintain a file that contains a brief summary of the senior’s medical history as well as a list of medication being consumed by them on stand-by. This will ensure instant help is administered, whenever required. And lastly, always keep a lively attitude and a positive outlook, so you can provide encouragement to the seniors that require your assistance!

Author Bio:  

Aaron Barriga is the online marketing manager for Insight Vision Center. With a knack for understanding medical procedures, and an interest in eye and vision health, Aaron loves to share what he knows and what he learns. He blogs with a mission of informing readers about the latest eye care technology and other topics related to eye care especially LASIK. He loves collecting coasters from the different bars and restaurants he visits during his travels



About Sue Salach

Sue has a Master's degree in Gerontology and has worked with the elderly and their families for over 30 years and is the Author of "Along Comes Grandpa", a caregiving resource guide, and the novel "If I Walked in Her Shoes". As an ElderCare Expert and Keynote Speaker, Sue employs her comprehensive experience and passion, to educate and promote self-care values to family caregivers and the community at large.
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1 Response to 6 Things Every Caregiver Caring for Seniors with Vision Problems Must Know

  1. scottgrantwv says:

    Hi Sue and Aaron – thanks for these great tips about caring for seniors with vision problems. For those who aren’t able to have corrective surgery, it is good to consider a few other tools as well. For example, alarm clocks – it is important that the senior is able to stay oriented in time. Telephones are another place where larger print numbers are important. Thanks again for providing such good information.


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