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Uncertainty in old age can be an indication of visual problems
If older people have orientation problems, stumble or fall more often, or are generally unsure, this can be an indication of deteriorating eyesight. Those affected are often not aware of the loss of vision themselves. Therefore, especially the relatives should be after seniors that have their eyes checked regularly.
Orientation difficulties and insecurity in old age
Some people find it difficult to walk safely in old age. If senior citizens have problems with orientation, are unsure, stumble or fall, but this is not always due to dementia, a circulatory disorder or muscle weakness. Rather, it may be that the person concerned no longer sees so well and has not yet noticed this himself.
Many suppress the restrictions
Since vision loss is usually gradual, it is often not recognized at first, explains the German Blind and Visually Impaired Association (DBSV) in a message.
As a result, many sufferers get used to it without consciously noticing the increasing deterioration in their vision. Many suppress the progressive visual impairment as long as possible and hope for spontaneous improvement.
Among other things, because they are afraid of not being allowed to drive because of the restrictions.
"Looking into the eye loss"
For all these reasons, eye diseases are often discovered too late in old age - and this can have serious consequences.
Around 4.5 million Germans are affected by age-related macular degeneration (AMD), which can lead to blindness if left untreated.
With early diagnosis, eyesight can often be preserved.
According to the DBSV, it is advisable to have your eyes checked regularly from the age of 40. This also applies to people who have no complaints. One should “face the age-related loss of vision better,” advises Renate Reymann, President of the DBSV.
Attentive relatives who make sure that older people go to the checks can also help. (ad)