An eye injury can bring your senior down pretty quickly. Some eye injuries aren’t obvious right away, so it helps to know what to watch for so that you can get her help quickly.
Blurred or Fuzzy Vision
One of the first things your senior might mention could be that she’s unable to see as well, even with corrective lenses. She might say that her vision is fuzzy or blurry, and that can be a big problem. If she’s not able to see well, your senior might run into obstacles or have a difficult time driving. If the vision issue is a smaller one, she might be squinting more while she reads or watches TV.
Pain Around or in Her Eye
Your senior might also mention that her eye or the area around her eye hurts. Whether she experienced a blow to that area or she has some other type of eye injury, pain can be a serious sign. She might mention that her eye itches or burns rather than saying that the eye hurts. These can also be signs of bigger problems.
Swelling or Redness
Pain is one issue to watch for, but there might also be redness or swelling in or around your senior’s eye if she gets injured. This usually happens with some type of direct injury to the eye, such as a scratch that affects the eyeball itself or a blow to the face near your senior’s eye. Too much swelling places incredible pressure on the eye and should be looked at right away.
Her Eyes Keep Tearing
One of the ways that your senior’s eyes defend themselves from injuries is through tears. Your senior’s eyes may be tearing up and she can’t seem to get them to stop. Sometimes using an eye wash can help, especially if there is an irritant trapped in the eye area. But if that doesn’t help, there may be more going on that needs to be addressed.
She’s Sensitive to Light
Light sensitivity is something else your senior might encounter with an eye injury. Her eye isn’t able to protect itself like it normally would, so limiting extra stimuli can be how the brain helps the eyes to cope. Your senior may find that even regular inside lighting is too bright for her. If that’s the case, sunglasses can help.
It’s always better to prevent eye injuries if you can, but recognizing a problem is important. Homecare providers can help you to put safety precautions in place that can reduce the risk of eye injuries for your senior.
If you or an aging loved one are in need of Homecare Services in Massapequa NY or the surrounding areas, contact the caring professionals at Star Multi Care Services today at (631)956-8835. We are the Right Choice for Home Health Care Services!
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