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Caregivers: Recognize the Signs of Increasing Vision Loss

Vision loss can be a scary experience. Suddenly, the world gets smaller, and you can’t do the simple things you once could. While many eye problems are treatable and often maintainable, there comes a time when you simply need help to do the day to day activities safely. However, it can be hard to admit help is needed. You may worry that others will see you differently, that you will lose your privacy, or that you will lose overall independence. These types of fears may keep seniors from admitting the vision problems they are experiencing.

This is why it is important to be able to recognize small changes in behavior and appearance that signal a need for a visit to the eye doctor or a little extra help. If you notice certain behaviors or coping techniques, you may be able to introduce the issue in a way that your loved one can accept the help he or she needs. Watch for these signs that may indicate impaired or decreasing vision:

Everyday activities:

• Holding reading material close to the face or at an angle

• Not noticing stains on clothing

• Writing less clearly and having trouble writing on a line

• Slowly or cautiously going up and down stairs

• Having trouble identifying colors

• Over- or under-reaching for objects

• Constantly bumping into things

• Squinting or tilting the head to the side to see

Eating and drinking:

• Spilling food off the edges of the plate while eating

• Pouring liquids over the top of a cup or drinking glass

• Knocking over glasses or other items on the table while reaching across the table for something

Listen for these complaints that might indicate vision problems:

• Seeing spots or flashes of light in front of eyes

• Halos or rings around lights

• Headaches that blur vision

• Reduced night vision

If you are struggling to help someone with vision loss, our homecare company can help. Hired Hands Homecare provides in-home care to Marin, Sonoma, and Napa counties and the Tri Valley. Our services allow for people to stay in their own homes for as long as possible. Exceptionally trained caregivers can assist with tasks that become more difficult as vision loss increases. Activities like light housekeeping, transportation, grocery shopping, and meal prep are just a few of the ways we can help. Vision loss doesn’t have to mean the end of independence for your loved one. Contact us today at (866) 940-4343 or online to set up a free care consultation or for more information.