Top Tips For Those With Vision Impairment

For people over the age of sixty, vision impairment frequently occurs.  Many age related problems affecting vision can be addressed. With simple solutions that involve your favourite activities such as some light exercise, reading books or recipes, doing the crossword or tinkering around in the garage with a current project or labour of love.

Let There Be Light

After the age of sixty, things that you do in darker conditions indoors become more difficult.  This is because the pupil is not as flexible and doesn’t open as widely as it used to, so less light enters into the eye and you can’t see as clearly. Here are some tips to help with this problem and allow you to get on with normal life.

•    Install light underneath of the kitchen cabinet, stove and places where you often need to rummage through darkness to find things.
•    Ask your employer to install additional lighting where you work, to make it easier for you.
•    Adjust the monitor screen on the computer to allow for a brighter way of reading.
•    It’s also important to have regular eye exams to rule out more serious age-related eye diseases that may adversely affect vision.

Age Related Conditions

Cataracts: This is a very common condition for people over sixty.  The symptoms include cloudy and hazy vision.  This is easily corrected with surgery that removes the eye’s cloudy lens and replaces this with an artificial one.

Other more permanent age-related eye diseases include glaucoma, macular degeneration and diabetic retinopathy. In many cases this can lead to blind spots and permanent vision impairment.  However this is not sentence to live in darkness and there are methods to mitigate against these conditions.  A specialist will be able to correctly diagnose the problem and give the appropriate low vision device for permanent vision loss that will allow help with vision loss.

Low Vision Devices

•    Lens shields and filters that effectively reduce glare and reflection
•    Audio tapes
•    Computers and television screens with built in visual impairment devices
•    Telescope lenses
•    Strong magnifying lenses for close reading work

It is vitally important to remember that a visual impairment after the age of sixty need not be an insurmountable challenge. With the right diagnosis and treatment methods, this can be a challenge to be overcome for elderly people to live an enjoyable life. The most important part is to remain vigilant to changes in vision and address them as soon as they occur.

Athena loves to blog about easy-to-follow health tips and writes for Direct Sight, prescription glasses experts.

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