Age-related macular degeneration (AMD) is a degenerative eye condition that affects nearly 15 million Americans. The macula, or central portion of the retina, starts the degenerative process, eventually causing the loss of central vision. Though it is the leading cause of severe vision loss in adults over the age of 60 in the U.S., it does not lead to total blindness but spares the peripheral vision. As the world becomes a vague blur, the daily activities of life become challenging.
The macula is the very center of the retina—the layers of cells that line the inside of the globe of the eye. The millions of light-sensing cells of the macula and retina relay electrical signals to the brain via the optic nerve which then translates these signals into the images that you see. Unclear images are the result of a damaged macula.
Through vision rehabilitation and assistive devices, people can learn to use what sight they have remaining to function somewhat independently and enjoy many of the activities they previously experienced. For many, AMD progresses slowly, giving them time to learn adaptive techniques. For others, the loss of central vision occurs much faster.
Vision rehabilitation consists of help with reading and writing, including classes in Braille and assistive computer technology. It includes learning techniques that can help your loved one travel indoors and outdoors safely. It determines what devices may be useful to your parent to help make the best of their remaining vision.
How you can Help
You can help by keeping an upbeat attitude and be present for your parent. Help make their home a safer environment for them by making sure it is well lit and installing night lights or motion sensor lighting. Remove throw rugs and other tripping or slipping hazards. Install grab bars in appropriate locations such as in the shower and by the toilet.
There are a few lifestyle changes that can help your parent and possibly slow down the progression of AMD. These include quitting smoking. Smoking has been shown to double the risk of AMD. Other good lifestyle choices include eating a diet rich in leafy greens and fish, exercising on a regular basis and keeping both blood pressure and cholesterol levels in check.
Home Care Provider
A home care provider has cared for countless seniors facing this disease. They understand the unique emotional, mental and physical challenges that can arise. They not only assist with the everyday activities of living, but offer support and encouragement, helping your loved one remain hopeful and healthy as they navigate through the changing terrain that this disease brings.
If you or an aging loved one are considering home care services in Spring Branch, TX, please call the caring staff at At Your Side Home Care. We will answer all of your senior care questions. Call today: (832) 271-1600.
Our Certified Nurse Aides, 24-Hour Live-in Assistants and Home Health Aides are available 24 hours a day, 365 days a year. We also provide the security and confidence of 24-hour Telephone Assistance, so fast, reliable help is always available when it's needed. To learn more about our homecare services see our homecare services page.
Different people need different levels of homecare. To meet the requirements of our clients, At Your Side Homecare maintains consistent staffing levels of caring professionals. Homecare service is available for as little as a few hours a week, or as many as 24 hours a day, seven days a week