How Home Care Can Help Your Senior Living with Glaucoma

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What do you know about glaucoma? More than 78 million people in the world have been diagnosed with glaucoma. One in 80 adults age 80 or older have it. Half of those who have it don’t realize it.

Glaucoma is the leading cause of irreversible blindness. There’s no cure. Early detection is essential for preventing permanent blindness. Even with early treatments, one out of ten people still loses their vision.

What Is Glaucoma?

Two types of glaucoma are most common, but there are others. For now, these two are the ones you’re most likely to learn your dad has.

Open-angle glaucoma accounts for around nine out of ten cases. It occurs when the canals that allow fluid in the eyes to drain slowly clog. This leads to excessive pressure within the eye over time, affecting the optic nerve.

Angle-closure glaucoma occurs when the drainage canals in the eye suddenly block and cause fluid pressure to rise. It doesn’t often slowly progress. It happens suddenly and requires immediate medical attention.

What Happens When Your Dad Has Glaucoma?

Home Care in Sterling VA
Home Care in Sterling VA

Your dad has glaucoma. He needs to follow his optometrist’s recommendations. He may be given eye drops that help lower the pressure in his eyes. Those drops may be required up to four times a day, so he needs to remember to administer them. If he’s likely to forget, someone needs to remind him.

Side effects of eye drops for glaucoma include blurry vision, itching/stinging, and changes to energy levels. He shouldn’t drive if his vision is blurry. Instead, make sure that someone is available to drive him to stores, appointments, and other area businesses.

He may need to undergo laser treatments or surgery. With both, he cannot drive after the appointment. Someone needs to be available all day to bring him to the hospital or clinic and back.

After a laser treatment, he’ll be back to everyday routines the same day. If he requires a different surgery, it may be a few days before he’s able to move around without help.

If he does lose his vision, he needs help with activities of daily living. Make sure he has home care with him to help him get in and out of the shower. He’ll need someone to assist him with household chores, laundry, and transportation.

Home care ensures your dad is supported when he moves around the home. Don’t have him risk his safety trying to navigate the stairs independently. Arrange to have caregivers available when you’re not there.

Home care helps with ambulation, showers and hygiene, transportation, walks outside and more. Call a home care specialist to learn more.

 

If you or an aging loved one is considering home care in Sterling, VA or the surrounding areas, please contact the caring staff at Assisting Hands today.