Schedule Eye Examinations for Your Loved Ones During National Family Caregivers Month

How appropriate that National Family Caregivers Month takes place in November, the month of Thanksgiving? President Bill Clinton signed the first presidential proclamation in 1997 to honor family caregivers, and every subsequent president has done the same.

Every day, more than 65 million individuals act as caregivers to a family member. As vital and essential as a nursing care facility or home health care is, no one can replace the attentiveness and concern of family member. A loved one will be most familiar with medication, therapy regimen and diet of the person needing care. Caring for a family member is a labor of love; there is no salary, sick days or personal days. National Family Caregivers Month is a way to support, educate and appreciate family caregivers. For those of us who are not family caregivers, this month of giving thanks allows us to learn more about caregiver issues and celebrate the sacrifice that others make every day (Source: Caregiver Action).

If you are a caregiver, you know that the responsibility often rests on you to make sure that your parent or loved one gets proper health care. One of the most important appointments that you can make is a comprehensive eye exam for the person for which you care. Cataracts, glaucoma, macular degeneration and many other eye diseases can cause permanent eye damage if left untreated.

Did you know that a large percentage of falls and accidents are caused by vision issues? Correcting vision problems can also reduce the risk for fall-related fractures. Serious fractures, especially hip fractures, can lead to extended hospitalization or even death. You can help protect your parent or loved one by taking them to get their eyes examined and making sure they have proper corrective eyewear.

Staying current with eye examinations will provide the opportunity for early treatment and prevent vision loss. Make an appointment for the person you care for to have a comprehensive eye exam by contacting a physician in your area. Thank you for the gift of service that you give to your loved one, and Happy Caregivers Month!


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