When was the last time you were in to see your optometrist? For most seniors, medical providers recommend annual exams, and that’s a good chance to see if your glasses prescription needs tweaking. They will probably also check for any changes in your eye health, screening for glaucoma, cataracts, or even macular degeneration.
If you have other health issues that may impact your eyes, those annual visits become even more important. Diabetes has long been identified as a concern that affects eye health. Good vision is important to prevent falls, with its accompanying health risks such as fractures, depression and dementia.
Now recent studies have identified that visual impairments are 60% more common in people with PD. Parkinson’s can already increase fall risks due to certain mobility or coordination issues, so if this affects you or a loved one, check out this information from Parkinson’s Foundation. Their website is filled with timely and helpful information for anyone who is looking for more information on PD. As always, it’s a good idea to discuss this or any related concerns with your health providers.
Interfaith Caregivers has a support group for those who have Parkinson’s or are caring for someone who does. We meet in Blue Earth the second Thursday of each month at 1:30 pm. Call us for further information.