Caring for Senior with Vision Problems
Age-related macular degeneration is a disease that manifests at the back of the eye in a place called the macula, which is the central part of the retina. This groups is for those who care for some with vision problems.
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about 1 year ago
Hi. I'm caring for my aunt who is dealing with glaucoma and is nearly blind. It's a sad and difficult thing to watch happen. We recently had an occupational therapist come in to help her learn to navigate her food tray. The therapist suggested that I purchase some adaptive eating utensils from Amazon, but I found some things on Wal-Mart.com that were more suitable and less expensive and wanted to pass the info on to anyone who may be on a budget. Re-play brand divided plates, bowls, and cups are durable and very inexpensive @ three for about four dollars. Copco makes a lightweight insulated mug with removable spout top for about seven bucks, and Take-and-toss cups with straws are spill-resistant and easy to grip. There is also a line of dishes called Munchkins that have spill-proof cups. Wal-Mart.com is a really good source for caregivers; I've found their delivery service reliable and let's face it, they carry just about everything in the universe lol. I hope this helps someone :)
about 1 year ago
Frustrated with my dad. He wants to feel better but refuses to take suggestions. He has macular degeneration. I got him hooked up with low vision equipment so he can still read the paper.He can't drive so I moved closer to him. He's sometimes verbally abusive. I understand he's going through a lot. So I'm there for him. My brothers live out of state. He doesn't want to get involved with senior center because he can't see that well. Idk what to do.
over 1 year ago
hi just wondering if vision changes throughout the day with mac degeneration. mother has dry in one eye, wet in the other. dear soul is having bits of dementia also. she will often say I can't see anything yet there are moments a few minutes later that she can see exactly what the spot if on your shirt.
over 2 years ago
My name is Paulette and I am 64 years old. I have several inherited eye diseases, including Macular Degeneration. I have had bi-lateral cataract surgery in 2010 and bi-lateral DSAEK's - the 1st in 3/2011 and the 2nd 5/2012. My vision is poor; in fact, I live in North Carolina and my best corrected visual acuity does not meet North Carolina's minimum requirements to secure my license renewal. I was dxed with "borderline glaucoma" in 5/2012. I also was dxed with "macular puckering" - I will most likely need a Vitrectomy in the near future. My main problem at the present is increase IOP. Because I have had corneal transplants, I need the anti-rejection steroid eyedrops. The caveat is that these drops cause my IOP to increase. Without the drops, I am in danger of my corneas rejecting. My most pressing needs at the moment is assistance with low-vision devices. I am on disability due to another serious health issue and have been unable to work since 3/2011. Hoping to receive some encouragement and/or ideas.
almost 4 years ago
Hello. As my father said at 93, with his good vision, Mary, you have had eye problems all your life. Yes, just about. Several operation to help me see less double vision at the ages of 9 and 11. Now they say it is easy, but this is something I have had and do not consider a problem for me. I am supposed to have a caterat operation, I can't even remember how to spell it. I have MD and Fingerprint dot basement membrane something and a very, very good and kind doctor.
over 4 years ago
Aside from everything that we do for my mother to help her, I feel that she misses the social interaction she has had her whole life. She is limited in regards to what she can do to keep up with other seniors because she can't see well anymore. She has had macular degeneration for 36 yrs. and it came on gradually to the point of 20% vision in her right eye only. She was diagnosed with glaucoma in both optic nerves, so that took away a lot of her peripheral vision. She can't play cards anymore or bingo, so it's pointless for her to go to the senior center in our area. She is confined to the house listening to books on tape or the radio for much of the day unless I take her out. I don't mind taking her out, but I know she needs interaction with people her own age. She could never go off for the day with other seniors as she can't find her way once inside a building and would need constant guidance. She trips easily and can never be out after dark. She is safest in her own home, but she craves an outing more times than my time allows. We live in a remote area, and there are no seniors in our neighborhood. It's mostly families with young children. She would have to take a bus to the mall, but that would be a hardship for her and I don't feel she is safe in doing this. She would be a target out there by herself. I would never encourage her to do that. She's only lived close to us for 5 months, and she left friends where she used to live which is 5 hrs. away by car. At 86 yrs. old and with this disability, it is difficult for her. I wish there was more for her to do, and I have tried to find things, but this low-vision disability has me stumped. She doesn't have arthritis and is in good health aside from the vision problem. (She is hard of hearing too, but if she wears her hearing aides, she can hear much better.) If anyone has any ideas, I would love to hear them.