You may be unfamiliar with the term “sandwich generation”. This describes a group of individuals who are caring for aging parents while raising their own children.
A lot has changed since that term was coined in the 1980’s but many of the problems remain the same. Adult children have to find a way to help their senior parents stay safe while still managing their own day-to-day lives.
Let’s look at one common health challenge that most seniors will face at some point: living with cataracts.
Living With Cataracts
As we age, proteins will begin to form and clump together in the lens of the eye. This is known as a cataract and over time, it can grow larger and will make the lens become cloudy.
For seniors who have cataracts, this poses many challenges to their daily life. Since their cataracts affect their ability to see clearly they can have a hard time performing daily tasks. Here are some challenges that cataracts pose to most seniors:
- Double vision starts to appear in one or both eyes.
- As cataracts affect their vision, colors look different than they did before. Often they appear dull or faded.
- Their distance vision is impacted which makes it hard to see street signs or anything far away.
- A glare starts to appear around lamps, streetlights, and sunlight. Many seniors lose their ability to drive at night due to cataracts.
Helping Seniors Manage Their Cataracts
If you are an adult child or a caregiver to a senior living with cataracts, hope is not lost! There are treatment options available for cataracts patients.
Sometimes something as minimal as a stronger prescription can make a big difference. But if this doesn’t work, you might talk to your senior about laser cataract surgery.
Laser cataract surgery is a safe and incredibly effective procedure. During surgery, your doctor will remove the cloudy lens and replace it with a clear, artificial lens.
We know how intimidating the thought of surgery can be. But cataract surgery is an incredibly common procedure and Dr. Feinerman is a leader in cataract surgery.
For more information, contact our office in Newport Beach, CA to schedule a cataract consultation with Dr. Feinerman today!