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What is Macular Degeneration?

Posted by Brian Shevel on 17 July 2014

As we age, medical conditions that affect the eye, such as macular degeneration, are common. Losing your eyesight can make living on your own difficult. Home Care Assistance - Toronto/York Region, the leading provider of home health care in York Region, offers valuable resources to seniors who are losing their eyesight.

Since getting around can be difficult when they are suffering from macular degeneration, a senior may choose isolation over leaving the house, which in turn can lead to depression; it can also make performing day-to-day tasks difficult. Our live-in home health care in York Region offers workers who specialize in caring for seniors with macular degeneration and other medical conditions that affect the eye. We will work to ensure that your loved one continues to enjoy the same standard of living they did before they started to lose their eyesight.

Macular degeneration is a major cause of visual impairment in adults over 50. It is caused by damage to the retina of the eye, a light-sensitive layer of tissue on the outer surface of the eye. While macular degeneration will not lead to blindness, there is a significant loss of central vision. In addition to making performing household chores a task, macular degeneration can also impair a patient's ability to read.

Some of the other symptoms of macular degeneration include blurred vision; trouble discerning colours, especially dark ones; and slow recovery of vision following exposure to bright light. While macular degeneration may be caused by an injury to the eye, a family history and other factors such as high cholesterol, obesity, a vitamin D deficiency and much more.

With more and more seniors choosing to stay at home, home care is one of the many options available. A live-in homecare provider will help your loved one with day-to-day tasks such as house cleaning, grocery shopping, driving them to appointments, and more, essentially serving as a new set of eyes. At Home Care Assistance - Toronto/York Region, we have homecare workers who specialize in caring for clients with vision loss. And best of all, we provide home health care in York Region for seniors with macular degeneration and other eye health issues at an affordable rate.

If you suspect that a loved one is suffering vision loss due to macular degeneration or other visual impairments that affect seniors, contact Home Care Assistance Toronto/York Region, the leading provider of home health care in York Region. A loss of vision doesn't mean that your loved one should have to give up their home. Call us today to discuss your options.

Brian ShevelAuthor: Brian Shevel
About: I am originally from South Africa from a small city called Bloemfontein. After I completed my education, I went to work with my late-father who had a wholesale business selling clothes and shoes to retail stores around the country. I was in the business till I left for Canada in 1993. In Canada, I have run several businesses in a variety of industries. Although I experienced success, I missed helping people. I learned from my parents that helping seniors was important to their well-being and of great value to the community. Volunteer work remains a priority in my life. I am a past president of Bnai Brith and serve on many other committees.
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