The holiday season is upon us, and that means lots of visits with family
and friends. The more time you spend with someone, especially your aging
loved ones, the more you may begin to notice a decline in their cognitive
function and vision.
Many vision problems, such as cataracts, are associated with age and can
make seeing more difficult the older we get. As you spend time with the
seniors in your life this holiday season, pay attention to the little
things: Do they have difficulty seeing to work in the kitchen or to get
around the house? Do they struggle to see what gifts are being opened?
These may be signs of cataracts or other vision problems.
Sometimes it takes the urging of a loved one for an aging family member
to go see the doctor about potential health or vision problems. If you
notice any of these signs of cataracts in your older family members, encourage
them to visit the eye doctor.
Signs of cataracts
Symptoms of cataracts may vary depending on the severity, but there are several common signs,
- Difficulty seeing street signs, curbs and freeway exits
- Difficulty seeing traffic lights or seeing a halo or glare around lights
- Difficulty focusing while watching TV or movies
- Difficulty seeing the faces clearly
- Difficulty writing and reading
- Difficulty playing games or sports
- Difficulty navigating around the house with normal daily activities
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Cataract surgery is a common form of treatment and can help restore vision loss as a result
of this condition. Once
cataracts develop, it is not possible to reverse the cloudiness of the lens or to
halt further damage. Removal of the affected lens and implanting an artificial
lens is the only way to restore lost vision. If you notice any of your
loved ones displaying the above symptoms, encourage them to
schedule a comprehensive exam by their eye doctor.