Some eye injuries are really easy to spot, but others don’t necessarily seem severe or even like an injury until much later. When you know what to look for in terms of vision issues related to possible injuries, it’s much easier to get the right help for your senior. Here are just a few things to watch for in terms of your senior’s eye health and vision.
If your senior is experiencing pain in her eye or around it, that could be a sign of an injury. There are variations on pain, too. There may be dull or sharp pain, throbbing or constant pain. Burning or itching can also be pain indicators. Everything from mild discomfort to aching sensations may qualify. All of them indicate something is going on.
Eyes water or tear up so that they can flush out irritants. If your elderly family member’s eyes are watering but there isn’t anything for them to flush out, she may be experiencing the results of an injury of some sort. If there’s an infection in the eye, you may see discharge besides tears. This discharge may be cloudy or even yellow or green in color.
If your elderly family member is telling you she’s having trouble seeing because her vision is blurry, that points to a problem. She may experience this if she’s not wearing glasses that she requires in order to see properly, but if her vision is blurry even with prescription lenses, her eye doctor needs to take a look at what’s going on.
Sensitivity to Light
Light sensitivity, especially if that’s not a common problem for your elderly family member, is another possible sign of trouble. Your elderly family member may be unable to open her eye fully because it’s so sensitive to even dim light. Shielding her eyes with sunglasses can help significantly.
Swelling or Redness
A much more obvious sign of problems could involve redness or swelling in or around your senior’s eye. This may be much more apparent if she’s suffered an actual blow to her eyes or face. Swelling is something that her doctor definitely needs to examine right away.
If your elderly family member is consistently putting herself in dangerous positions, you may need to take a closer look at what will help her to be safer at home. As her caregiver, that’s one of the most important tasks you have.
IF YOU OR AN AGING LOVED ONE IS CONSIDERING CAREGIVERS IN HENDERSON, NV, PLEASE CONTACT THE CARING STAFF AT GOLDEN HEART SENIOR CARE OF SUMMERLIN. 702-800-4616.