Tips For Coping With Vision Loss

As we age it’s quite normal to experience our ability to see things as clearly as we once did. The pupil of the eye does not open as widely as it once did to allow as much light to reach the retina where vision processing occurs.

Taking steps to increase illumination improves the ability to see better in those dark spaces. Installing under cabinet lighting or increasing lighting in the sewing room, garage or other work areas will help. Consider asking your employer to improve lighting if it’s needed there is well.

For some people age related diseases including glaucoma, macular degeneration and diabetic retinopathy are more serious. Many low vision devices are available to assist those with permanent vision loss that are helpful with daily living challenges.

Some of these devices are:

  • Strong magnification lenses with extra illumination for reading and other near vision work
  • Audio tapes, specifically adapted computer or television screens and telescopes
  • Lens filter shields to reduce glare

Reading materials such as books, magazines and newspapers are also available in large print format enabling those with severe vision loss to continue something they enjoy.

For those experiencing permanent vision loss it can feel as if they are losing their independence. But don’t be discouraged it is very possible to lead an active and fulfilling life. There are organizations that provide low vision devices for example and support for anyone experiencing vision loss. Taking extra precautions to be sure surroundings are safe by checking for obstacles on outdoor pathways lessens chances of a fall. Indoors furniture placement can make a difference to easily move about their home.

Something that can’t be mentioned enough is making sure you have an eye exam for older eyes to rule out any age related diseases that may affect your vision. For those residing in the Calgary area, contact us today to book an appointment.

4 Ways To Prepare Your Eyes For Fall In Calgary

One of the many reasons people enjoy living in Calgary is experiencing the four very distinct seasons. There is something cozy about warming yourself by the fireplace during the fall. These drastic changes in weather can be hard on a person’s eyes. Here are a few tips to keep your eyes healthy all year round.

  1. Don’t pack away those sunglasses. Cooler temperatures don’t mean the sun is no longer an issue. Wise people know that sunglasses are important in all 4 seasons to protect your eyes from harmful vision damaging UV rays.
  2. Take control of your allergies. Even Autumn can cause allergy sufferers to experience an itchy nose and severe migraines. Be prepared by filling any allergy prescriptions or purchasing over the counter meds to keep on hand. Keeping your home as clean as possible, washing your face and hands often and staying indoors during bad pollen days will help ease your symptoms.
  3. Pick up some over the counter eye drops. Relieve those itchy, watery eyes brought on by your autumn allergies with some eye drops. Even those who don’t have allergies can benefit from eye drops to combat dry eyes. Cooler temperatures come with drier air and as a result everything feels drier including your eyes.
  4. Invest in nighttime driving glasses. Shorter daylight hours mean driving to and home from work in the dark often wet conditions. Consider purchasing a pair of nighttime driving glasses to help keep you safer on the road at this time of year.

Keeping our eyes healthy is important for each of us not only those with seasonal allergies. If you have questions about nighttime glasses or are looking for ways to keep your eyes healthy we’re happy to offer suggestions. Having a comprehensive eye exam is a good way to detect any potential vision problems not related to allergies. Contact our Calgary Optometrists to schedule an appointment a good start to maintaining healthy eyes.