Macular Degeneration is a progressive condition in the eyes that affects vision. It is the leading cause of vision loss in the US. When providing care to an elderly or disabled loved one, it can be important to tailor their care to their specific needs. This article will discuss specialized care tips for those living with Macular Degeneration.
What is Macular Degeneration?
The macula is a vital part of the eye’s function, controlling vision acuity. The macula is at the center of the retina, so people suffering from this condition often have problems with their central vision. Age-related Macular Degeneration (AMD) often affects older people.
AMD can affect your loved one’s ability to lose clarity of vision, lower their depth perception, distort their field of vision, and affect color interpretation. It can also cause blind spots in vision, light sensitivity, and eccentric vision.
Adjusting to Life with AMD
When your loved one develops Macular Degeneration, it may become harder for them to care for themselves. Because of this, they may need more care after diagnosis, and as the condition progresses. Transportation may become difficult or even impossible with their condition. Doing paperwork, cooking, or reading may become a major challenge. AMD may severely reduce your loved one’s ability to provide themselves with a reasonable level of self-care.
Ophthalmologist Care for AMD
Generally, care for AMD is overseen by an Ophthalmologist. If your loved one does not have one, look for someone who specializes in low-vision care. They can help diagnose the dree of vision loss, monitor progression, and help your loved one adapt to their condition.
Professional Care For Seniors with Macular Degeneration
As a progressive condition, your loved one will likely need more care down the line as their vision worsens. They may also need daily help with meal preparation, hygiene care, and housekeeping. A home health aide from Safeharbor can help them with their daily care needs, trips to doctor’s appointments, and more.
Safe Harbor Healthcare Services does not provide medical, healthcare, or financial advice via articles. This material has been prepared for informational purposes only. It is not intended to provide, and should not be relied on for medical advice.
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