Prevalent And Dangerous Ocular Problems In The Elderly

Prevalent And Dangerous Ocular Problems In The Elderly

The human body changes with age, increasing the risk for certain ocular and systemic problems. If you are caring for an elderly family member, it is important to make annual eye exams a priority to preserve vision. Here are some of the most common and dangerous ocular conditions among the elderly:

Age-Related Macular Degeneration

The macula is the part of the back of the eye that is responsible for central vision. The macula is also responsible for sharp vision. Age-related macular degeneration, known as AMD or ARMD for short, threatens to destroy the function of central vision. ARMD is a silent and often gradual disease, which means that regular eye exams are the only way to detect the disease in a timely manner.

Diabetic and Hypertensive Retinopathies

Both of these serious ocular conditions develop as a result of poorly controlled systemic conditions and can result in permanent visual damage.

Herpes Zoster

Commonly known as shingles, this condition carries the risk of several ocular sequelae. If your loved one is suffering from Shingles, it is important to pay a visit to your eye care professional.

Retinal Detachments

As the eye changes, the gel-like vitreous becomes more liquid. In some cases, the vitreous will detach and put pressure on the nearby retina. The most common symptoms of a retinal detachment are flashes of lights, floaters and sudden loss of all or part of one’s vision. While some detachments are minor, others can be sight threatening.

Vascular Occlusions

This includes retinal and venous occlusion which are often linked to underlying medical conditions such as carotid artery stenosis and vascular changes. An occlusion can not only cause serious visual problems but can also warn of an impending stroke.

Many of the above conditions can be caught early if you know the symptoms and are ensuring that your loved one receives regular eye exams. Remember, sudden vision loss should always prompt a visit to an eye care professional.

Brooke Sutton, President, RN

Brooke Sutton, owner of Sutton Home Care and a Springfield native, is a fully licensed Registered Nurse with over ten years experience in the healthcare field.

Brooke provides trusted home care services to numerous patients in the Springfield market which has earned her agency the reputation of being the premier home care agency in this area.
Brooke Sutton’s journey to the home care sector began while she was working as a Registered Nurse at Lakeland Behavioral Health.While at Lakeland, she learned and developed her skill working with psychiatric patients as well as patients with Alzheimer’s and dementia. After Lakeland, Brooke worked as a Community Health Nurse for the Arc of the Ozarks providing home health care services to dual diagnosis patients living at home.Brooke has also worked in the Emergency Room setting which has given her the ability to recognize and communicate problems and potential issues before they arise.

Brooke and her husband Sean live in Springfield and have three children (Brett who is twelve, Karaline who is eight, and Henry who is four).Brooke is active in church and enjoys spending her free time at Table Rock Lake or with family and friends.

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