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Why the Eye Doctor is Integral to Positive Elder Care

Elder Care in Mesa AZ

There are many different components that comprise quality elder care. Finding the right doctor who is attentive to Elder Care in Mesa AZhis or her patient’s needs is essential. As people get older, they will be faced with numerous health challenges and may require a great deal of care.

Seniors are at an increased risk of developing hearing loss and even vision related problems. That is why an eye doctor is also tantamount to quality, positive elderly home care.

It is recommended that people see their eye doctor for an exam at least once every two years, but for seniors, they should consider an annual eye exam. That’s because as people get older the risk factors for various vision related problems increases. The most common problems that seniors face with regard to their eyesight include requiring a stronger prescription, eyestrain, macular degeneration, glaucoma, and cataracts.

In fact, it is estimated that nearly every single senior who reaches the age of 80 will have developed cataracts at least once in their life. It is also estimated that nearly 50 percent of seniors at that age will have developed glaucoma as well (American Family Physician).

Some of these vision problems have the potential to lead to partial or total vision loss. Some of them can also be permanent, meaning they are irreversible. However, they don’t necessarily have to end up that way, especially if the senior is diagnosed with one of these conditions early in the stages of it.

The only way to be diagnosed for any type of vision related problems is by a professional eye doctor. Glaucoma is a condition in which pressure begins to build on the optic nerve. In most cases, that pressure doesn’t lead to pain or other outward symptoms. The senior might not even know he or she is developing glaucoma until they experience blurred vision, fuzziness, a loss of light, and other outward symptoms. At that point, glaucoma could be more advanced, making it difficult to treat effectively.

Visiting an eye care professional for an exam on an annual basis will help the elderly individual stay on top of their vision and decrease the risks of permanent or total vision loss.

There may be situations in which little can be done to help prevent at least some level of vision loss, but somebody who requires elder care at home should be encouraged to seek out a regular eye exam and pay attention to any subtle warning signs that something could be wrong.

If you or an aging loved one are considering hiring elder care services in Mesa, AZ, please contact the caring staff at About You Home Care (480) 351-4473. Servicing Phoenix and the surrounding communities.

Debbie McLay

Founder and CEO at About You Home Care
Debbie McLay has had a ten year career working as a Behavioral Health Technician providing Direct Care to youth and adults with behavioral challenges, including substance abuse, eating disorders, domestic violence, and mental illness. For her exceptional work in this area Debbie was nominated for Subcontractor Employee of the Year by Value Options, an organization contracted to manage the mental health system in Maricopa County, and her client was nominated for the Most Successful Client of the Year. Debbie’s entrepreneurial endeavors began twelve years ago when she owned a successful retail business in a busy mall.

Debbie experienced firsthand in her own family the challenges that caregiver’s endure when caring for an aging loved one and saw a need for providers who adhere to a higher standard with exceptional service and individualized care that she herself provided in her behavioral health career. Debbie combined her background in healthcare with her entrepreneurial experience and founded About You Home Care with a vision of serving others who were faced with the struggles that her family had experienced. She’s also a strong believer in community service and does volunteer work for Duet, a nonprofit organization that provides aid for older adults and their families that face the difficult challenges associated with aging. Debbie has been on the fundraising event Steering Committee since 2011 and served as the event chair for two of those years.

Debbie did her Undergraduate studies in Psychology and Behavioral Science with Honors and pursued additional education in Chemical Dependency Counseling.