For many common diseases of the eye, a person’s risk level increases with age. Vision impairment or loss, whether gradual or sudden, can raise fresh injury hazards in everyday activities and threaten independence. As a consequence, visibility and safety are important considerations with respect to home care for seniors.
The most common global cause of blindness is cataracts, which develop slowly over time. The second-most common cause is glaucoma, a more rapid form that accounts for about 1 in 10 cases of blindness in the United States. For National Glaucoma Awareness Month this January, learn what you can do about vision loss and how in home occupational therapy can bring safety tips and quality-of-life gains aimed at longer aging in place.