Cataracts – What Fairfax Needs to Know

August 18, 2011

Night time driving or fear of falling are two concerns that many independent seniors in Fairfax face.  Vision issues may be a common factor in these two age-related concerns and your senior should have the facts about the possibility of cataracts.

Vision Impairments Such as Cataracts Can Contribute to Other Age-Related Concerns

A cataract is described as a clouding of the eye’s lens.  If the lens is cloudy, light cannot penetrate properly onto the retina.  If vision becomes blurry, cloudy or dim, or objects are not as bright and as colorful as before, a cataract may have developed in one or both of the eyes.  Sometimes, cataract sufferers describe their vision as something similar to peering through a dirty car windshield.

Usually, cataracts begin mildly and don’t have much effect on vision at first.  However, once cataracts become denser, they impact vision.  Some symptoms to be aware of may include:

  • Painless blurring of vision
  • Sensitivity to light and glare
  • Double vision in one eye
  • Poor night vision
  • Fading or yellowing of colors
  • Frequent changes in glasses or contact lens prescriptions

Although cataracts usually develop as part of the aging process, they can also result from:

  • Eye injuries
  • Certain diseases such as diabetes
  • Genetic inheritance
  • Certain medications
  • Frequent, unprotected exposure to UV-A and UV-B rays
  • Smoking

For more information about cataracts and other topics related to senior vision, you can learn by visiting website for the American Academy of Ophthalmology.  And, of course, scheduling regular eye exams and medical appointments.

If you have suggestions on navigating with cataracts, please join the conversation with Home Instead, Fairfax below or on our Caregiver Forum and share your ideas with our readers.

Jason Sager, Owner Home Instead Senior Care Fairfax, Virginia

We hope this was helpful. If you have any questions or if you know of a senior who could benefit from our vast array of home care services in the Fairfax area , please call us at 703.750.6644, or email us. We accept most long term care insurance as payment and have a full time staff of trained and certified home care personnel covering the Fairfax County, Virginia area.

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