Losing your vision, particularly later in life, can have a great impact on your independence, and often, your sense of self as well. If vision deteriorates as your loved one ages, he or she may be reluctant to talk about this, perhaps out of fear of the unknown or worry that he or she may be taken out of her home environment. Many eye issues are treatable, if not curable, but the sooner the problem is discovered, the better. And if the vision problem is not treatable, preparation for what may come is the next best thing.

For this reason, it’s helpful that you know how to recognize changes in behavior and appearance that may indicate the senior in your life could benefit from a visit to the doctor or eye care professional. 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:

  • Squinting or tilting the head to the side to see
  • 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

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:

  • Halos or rings around lights
  • Headaches that blur vision
  • Reduced night vision
  • Seeing spots or flashes of light in front of eyes

North River Home Care, which services the Boston, South Shore, and Cape Cod areas, can help you. Contact us today about how we can help you or someone you love overcome the everyday problems associated with vision impairments. Our services, which include in-home companionship, light housekeeping, and even transportation services, can help your loved one maintain his or her independence for as long as possible. We offer a free, no obligation in-home care assessment within our service area. Call 781-659-1366 or fill out our web form for more information. Let us help your loved one stay at home, amid familiar surroundings.