AMONG Filipinos, care of aging parents is an acceptable responsibility. Our culture embraces the idea that sons and daughters care for parents in their old age as a sign of love and respect and in gratitude for the years and effort they spent in raising their children.
Help ensure that your parents enjoy their senior years by knowing and helping detect early signs of vision problems.
Glaucoma, a group of eye conditions characterized by damage to the optic nerve and loss of field of vision, is one such problem. People who have high nearsightedness or farsightedness, diabetes, hypertension, family history of blindness, history of blood transfusion, eye accidents or injury or steroid use, and are smokers are at high risk for glaucoma and should see an eye specialist yearly. Although unchecked glaucoma can lead to blindness, this is preventable with early detection. Dr. Edgar Leuenberger, glaucoma specialist of the Asian Eye Institute (AEI)
, advises that you bring your parents or any family member to see an ophthalmologist immediately if they experience headaches or nausea after reading, watching TV or movies, or difficulty in navigating stairs; see halos around lights; or frequently bump into things.
Other warning signs include difficulty in using progressive lenses or other corrective glasses; clumsy movement such as frequent spills while having meals; difficulty estimating distances; and “dimming” of some part of the visual field.