Jan 25, 2018 by Mark McGoldrick
Glaucoma affects the senior population on a massive scale. Unfortunately, many older adults have no idea they have it. This is because this eye disease develops painlessly in most cases. The best way to screen for glaucoma is to get regular checkups at the ophthalmologist, but many seniors are simply too weak to go and prioritize taking care of more pressing health issues. Thankfully, with companion care, your loved one can get the assistance they need and improve their quality of life.
If you are worried about your loved one in any way, researching companion care options in your area as soon as possible is the best way to go. The sooner your loved one gets the assistance they need, the sooner they can get treatments and move on with their lives.
If you have noticed your loved one's health is not what it used to be, you may be worried about glaucoma. That is why, in honor of National Glaucoma Awareness Month, we decided to take a closer look at the silent disease.
Glaucoma is caused by high pressure within the eye which damages the optic nerve over time. In worst case scenarios, this leads to blindness. However, as there are so many treatment options available these days, it rarely happens that a person goes blind from glaucoma.
The reason companion care providers often end up providing support for seniors with glaucoma is because one of the biggest risk factors for developing the disease is age. Older people are more prone to developing glaucoma. Besides that, family history plays a role, alongside steroid use, injury, thin corneas, anemia, and nearsightedness.
It may be surprising to learn that there are as many as five different types of glaucoma. However, seniors usually develop open-angle glaucoma. It is painless and yearly visits to the ophthalmologist for vision checks are imperative.
However, there is another type of glaucoma that often affects older adults and it is called narrow-angle glaucoma. This type of glaucoma is actually very painful and your loved one has to receive help as soon as possible if they notice any symptoms. If your loved one complains about severe eye pain, eye redness, nausea, vomiting, sudden blurred vision, or seeing halos around lights, they need to be taken to the emergency room at once.
We can not stress enough how important screening is when it comes to glaucoma. If you are worried about your loved one, it is best to start researching companion care options in their area as soon as possible.