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Elderly Parents Sometimes Need a Loving Nudge to Seek Cataract Treatment

by Damion Wasylow 10 October 2018 08:51 AM

elderly father embraces adult son
As parents age, they may need assistance with everything from getting around town to figuring out the TV remote. When they do, they often turn to those they trust most, their adult children. The same is true for healthcare decisions, including when to seek cataract treatment.

Many seniors can be reluctant to accept or admit that their vision is failing, seeing it as an unwelcome sign of aging. In some cases, denial leads to lack of treatment, robbing them of quality of life.

Researchers found that adult children are more likely than spouses or friends to observe and point out changes in their parents’ vision, with study author and ophthalmologist, Brian C. Stagg, MD, suggesting that an adult child who visits their parent might notice vision changes that others have not.

Plus, the opinions, recommendations and research provided by adult children may carry more credibility. After all, who else could have your parents’ best interests more at heart?

If you suspect your mom or dad may have cataracts, watch for the warning signs. They may have particular trouble seeing at night, or be especially sensitive to bright light. In later stages, you may even notice a visible clouding of his or her eye lens.

Talk with your parent open and honestly, and do some research into cataract treatment options. Then, schedule an appointment for mom or dad to get a comprehensive eye exam and cataract screening.

At North Florida Cataract Specialists and Vision Care, we offer both traditional cataract surgery and state-of-the-art laser cataract surgery. To find out how we can help permanently correct your parent’s cataracts, contact us today at 352-373-4300.



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