Of hospitalized seniors needed help making a medical decision.
- AMA Internal Medicine, March 2013
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The Worst That Could Happen? Going Blind, People Say
For people over 70, poor vision ranks behind arthritis and heart disease as the third most common cause of impaired functioning. There are steps to take to lower the risk of diseases and factors that can impact eyesight impairment. First and foremost, have your eyes checked once every two years. Many ailments associated with low vision as you age, have no early symptoms.
The effects of failing eyesight are far reaching. People can feel anxious and socially disengaged. This leads to isolation, loneliness and a poor quality of life. Safety is also an issue, as there is an increase in falls and medication errors. If your senior is no longer reading or watching TV, consider whether there could be an issue with their eyesight.