The Eye Health Warning Signs Seniors Need to Know

Cataracts and retinal tears are two of the most pressing eye concerns facing many seniors. While cataracts develop over a longer period of time, retinal tears can be sudden and do permanent damage to your vision. As we celebrate Healthy Vision Month this July, it’s important to take time to learn the signs of eye issues so that you can act quickly and get the care that you need.

What Are the Warning Signs of Cataracts?

Cataracts occur when there is clouding on the clear lens of your eye. Because of this cloudiness, it can be more difficult to read or drive. Cataracts typically develop slowly over time, so you might not notice changes to your vision for a while.
The symptoms of cataracts include:

  • Cloudy, blurred or dim vision
  • Light sensitivity
  • Trouble seeing at night
  • Needing progressively brighter light for reading, solving puzzles, doing crosswords or other activities
  • Seeing a halo around objects
  • Yellowing of colors
  • Double vision in one eye
  • Frequent changes in glasses prescription

How Are Cataracts Treated?

One of the best solutions to cataracts is cataract surgery. They typically do not harm your eye outside of impacting your vision, so they are not an urgent issue. Until you have surgery, make sure that you update your glasses prescription as needed. Use brighter lamps and use a magnifying lens to read if needed.

What Are the Warning Signs of Retinal Tears or Detachment?

The retina is the inner lining of the eye, and it is the part of your eye that allows you to see thanks to the light-sensitive tissue. When you have a retinal tear from trauma or natural causes, it can lead to a retinal detachment that involves permanent vision loss. When you think that you have experienced a tear or detachment, it’s important to seek emergency ophthalmological assistance to avoid temporary or permanent vision loss.
Some of the symptoms of tears and detachment include:

  • Sudden floaters or black spots in your vision
  • Flashes of light in one or both of your eyes
  • Slowly decreasing peripheral vision
  • Blurry vision
  • A curtain-like shadow over your field of vision

How Are Retinal Tears or Detachment Treated?

Your eye doctor can determine the right treatment for your situation, which might include laser surgery to prevent detachment or freezing treatment that also secures the retina to the eye wall.

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Deborah Bakalich, Certified Senior Advisor®
Deborah Bakalich, Certified Senior Advisor®
Owner, Certified Senior Advisor (CSA®) & Assisted Living Placement Specialist - Senior Care Lifestyles, LLC provides compassion, guidance and recommendations to families faced with transitioning a loved one into Assisted Living, Dementia/Alzheimer’s Care, Skilled Nursing, Temporary Respite Care or a Continuous Care Retirement Community. Senior Care Lifestyles was founded in 2014 by Deborah Bakalich, a Certified Senior Advisor and graduate from both Towson University and Stevenson. Senior Care Lifestyles is uniquely positioned as a local (not National) Maryland based placement firm familiar with Maryland senior care facilities and in-state financial assistance programs for senior residents. They meet personally with each family to understand the seniors care needs including medical, personal lifestyle preferences, budget, religion and desired geographic location. They pride themselves in locally guiding and educating families through the entire maze of senior living options available and will schedule tours on behalf of the family and accompany the family on visits of communities. They are passionate and committed to finding the perfect match to call home and stays with the family throughout the entire process, every step of the way, until a decision is made, and the senior is safely moved into their new home. Senior Care Lifestyles can also provide the family with trustworthy, vetted, and reputable experts to assist with the transition for organizing, packing, moving, sale of real estate, estate planning, legal services, and determining eligibility for State, Federal and Veterans Benefits to assist with care costs. Deborah is a proud member of the Maryland Senior Resource Network (MSRN) where she has served as Vice President on the Board of Directors. She is a member of the Alzheimer’s Organization, Society of Certified Senior Advisors, Mid-Atlantic Network Group and a member of the Business Opportunity Network (BON).

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