Weakening Vision

 

Early recognition of eye problems followed by prompt treatment can prevent 50% of cases of blindness. This proactive approach may be harder than it sounds due to perceptions held by the elderly. They may fear declining independence if a deficit is discovered. Others believe lost eyesight is normal and nothing can slow this process. Poor eye care, however, has its consequences. The elderly with poor vision are at risk to fall and have a higher cost of living. Psychologically, they may feel socially isolated and depressed due to restrictions in their daily activities.

 

Visual loss of a family member or loved one can cause less hardship by utilizing adaptive strategies and aides. Implementing them may increase safety as well as promote a sense of independence.

 

Low Vision Aids

 

●      Magnifiers are used for improving near vision

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●      Magnifiers that hang around the neck are convenient for sewing, crafts or reading

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●      Large print on medications, books and phones may be helpful

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●      Handrails for stairs improve safety

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●      Flashlights should be kept in a convenient location

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●      Proper Lighting

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○      Use night-lights in the bedroom, bathroom and hallways

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○      Use dimmer switches and three-way bulbs to control light

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○      Put bright lights at the top and bottom of staircase

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○      Utilize consistent lighting to minimize shadows

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○      Reduce Glare

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                                      ■Use nonglare light bulbs

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                                      ■Remove wax from floors to reduce glare

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                                      ■Wear sunglasses

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                                      ■Use sheer curtains or blinds

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                                      ■Colour Contrast

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●      Utilise colored tape to define steps

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●      Paint walls and staircase to contrast with floor

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●      Put glow-in-the-dark tape on light switches and door knobs

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Use coloured dishes