Warning Signs Indicate Vision Loss in Elderly

Warning signs in the elderly may indicate signs of vision loss associated with aging.  As our loved ones age, there may be warning signs that indicate health problems, especially with vision.  The onset of many age-related eye diseases such as macular degeneration may be gradual and being a little more observant, it may be possible to spot things that indicate vision problems.

Demographics are shifting in the population.  Baby boomers are getting older and more and more servcies are being developed to help the aging maintain a quality of life.  Businesses recognize the enormous potential of this demographic and have developed products that target the aging population.

Both health care systems and family units are being pressured to provide support for the aging.  According to the CNIB, vision loss associated with aging is expected to double in the next 25 years.  However, there are often signs of vision loss that can indicate vision problems before they develop too far to be treated.  Spotting this signs is important to ensure that our friends and family receive proper eye care.

Some signs that may indicate vision problems and vision loss in the elderly include:

  • Reduced night vision.  In many cases, reduced night vision could mean vision loss.  Requiring increased light and help in reduced light may be a sign that vision loss in occurring.
  • Increase clumsiness.  If there are incidents of bumping into things around the house, requiring assistance to walk for fear of falling or shuffling their feet, this may signify problems with vision.
  • Blurry or Wavy Television.  Noticing that loved ones sit closer to the television or complain that the picture is “terrible”, may indicate problems with vision.
  • Untidy House.  With the onset of vision problems, family may notice the cleanliness of their loved ones house decreases gradually over time.  This could be a simple as missed spots on the floor and counter.  However, this may be signs of associated vision loss which prevents the smaller detailed items to be missed.
  • Sitting in Low Light.  As vision loss starts, people tend not to notice they are sitting in low light.  Bright lights may cause headaches and excessive eye strain.  Changes in social behaviours such as this may indicate problems with vision.

These warning signs may not necessarily indicate vision loss and may appear gradual.  Typically they are associated with aging, but may indicate there are problems with vision and the onset of age-related eye diseases such as macular degeneration.

With treatments available for macular degeneration (i.e. Lucentis, Macugen, Avasting) and other eye diseases, treatment must occur early in the diagnosis of such eye problems.  Paying particular attention to loved ones may indicate problems with vision and result in early diagnosis of macular degeneration.

Watch for the warning signs that may indicate vision loss.  If you suspect something wrong with a persons vision, insist they visit an eye care professional.