How to Support your Parent after a Diagnosis of Glaucoma

Home Care in Ada MI

Glaucoma affects approximately 2.7 million people in the United States, half of which are not aware that they have it. People 60 years of age and older are at higher risk for this insidious disease that begins with little to no warning signs. Eventually, if left untreated, glaucoma can lead to vision loss and blindness.Home-Care-in-Ada-MI

Open-angle glaucoma is the most common form of this disease. It is brought on with an increase in the pressure of the eye which ultimately leads to pressure and damage to the ocular nerve. For this reason, yearly eye exams for seniors are recommended to check for damage to the optic nerve and pressure in the eyes. If diagnosed early, diminishing eye sight can usually be halted. Damage to the eye and to vision, however, cannot be restored.  Glaucoma affects the peripheral vision, what you see from the side of your vision as compared to the central vision.

Risk Factors for Glaucoma

Medical conditions such as heart disease, diabetes, high blood pressure, nearsightedness, and taking corticosteroid medications all increase the risk of developing glaucoma.  Once diagnosed, there are steps you can take to help your loved one slow down this progressive disease. Their ophthalmologist may prescribe medicinal eye drops that decrease eye pressure. If so, it’s important that your parent takes the drops at the right time and the right dose. If they have trouble getting drops into their eye, there are tools that can help with this maneuver. They are designed to make the hand steadier and the dropper bigger and easier to squeeze.

Halting the Progression

In addition to any medication their doctor prescribes, there are other factors that your parent can incorporate into their lifestyle that will help keep their eyes healthy in the years to come. Studies suggest that exercising at a moderate pace for just 20 minutes five times a week can help lower intraocular eye pressure. Lutein and zeaxanthin are antioxidants found in abundance in the eyes and are believed to aid in their protection. These key nutrients are found in spinach, kale, broccoli, and other leafy greens. Vitamin C is also shown to be beneficial to eye health. In one study, thirty people were given doses of vitamin C three times per day. All showed lowered eye pressure.

Support

If you find your loved one needs help with the daily activities of living, remembering to use their eye drops, or maintaining their exercise routine, consider obtaining the services of a home care provider. They can assist your parent when you can’t be there, giving you the time you need to maintain your health and lead a balanced life.

If you or someone you know needs help with home care in Ada, MI, contact Gauthier Family Home Care. We provide quality and affordable home care services in our community. Call us at (616) 258-2300 for more information.

Resources

http://www.mayoclinic.org/diseases-conditions/glaucoma/basics/risk-factors/con-20024042

https://www.nei.nih.gov/sites/default/files/nehep-pdfs/GlaucomaInfoGraphicEnglish.pdf

http://orthomolecular.org/library/jom/1995/articles/1995-v10n0304-p165.shtml

About Dan Gauthier

Dan Gauthier has a long and successful business pedigree. He spent his college years working in the restaurant business and worked in various executive management positions at Universal Forest Products, Inc. over a span of 17 years, and Therm Technology / Family Safety Products for 12 years.

When the recession hit in 2008 Dan was “downsized” from UFP and spent a few years consulting for local companies Amway and Cascade Engineering. During this period Dan’s in-laws were experiencing catastrophic health problems and it required Dan’s wife Marion to focus full time on caregiving for her mother. Marion enlisted help from a local home care agency and it did not go well. This experience led to the creation of Gauthier Family Home Care, a home care agency that is uniquely holistic and family centric. Dan now works full time running GFHC.
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