Posted on May 20, 2016
Vision Tests for Home and In Home Care for Seniors
As with any other type of health checkup, a regular vision screening is important at any age. Early detection of vision impairment can prevent further vision loss and in some cases, blindness. It is especially important to stay on top of possible deteriorating vision in our elderly loved ones. It is best to schedule vision tests regularly with a trained professional, but there are also many ways to perform vision tests at home as well.
One way to test vision at home is to use the Snellen Eye Chart. This chart displays several letters and they should be read from twenty feet away. The chart can also be searched online on a computer. Follow instructions on the site for accuracy, which usually depends on measuring the height of the big “E” and stepping back a certain distance away from the screen.
There are signs of visual decline to look for. If your loved one is suddenly squinting more, sitting too close to the TV, or holding a book very near to their face; these all could be signs of vision impairment. Sometimes a sign for vision problems is regularly rubbing the eyes and having increased light sensitivity. These symptoms can lead to difficulty with hand-eye coordination and frustration.
A simple check online will pull up many websites that can perform a simple eye check in the comforts of home. They key is to make sure to check for the three parts of vision: Visual acuity, contrast and color check. Better vision is sure to equal a better quality of life. The faster declining vision can be detected, the sooner measures for correction can be provided. When stronger symptoms such as eye pain, rainbow-colored rings around lights, and light flashes like ghosts appear, it is very important to see an eye care professional as soon as possible.
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