An elderly family member with Alzheimer's disease may not notice on her own that her vision is becoming worse. She may try to compensate for her vision loss in other ways until she just can't any longer.
Here are some of the situations you might notice.
It's More Difficult for Her to Maneuver in Familiar Spaces Alzheimer's disease already affects how your senior family member responds to familiar locations. She may suddenly feel as if she's somewhere new or unfamiliar to her. If her vision is diminishing, that sensation can happen more readily, even if there are other cues that could let her know she's somewhere safe. This can cause your elderly family member to withdraw more quickly.
She Might Feel More Alone
Poor and diminishing eyesight can make your elderly family member feel more alone in the world
Poor Vision Complicates Driving Difficulties
If your elderly family member is still lucky enough to be driving, she may find that problems with her vision bring her big problems behind the wheel. Familiar locations can start to seem unfamiliar and your elderly family member can become lost easily. She may not see obstacles, either, and this can lead to dangerous situations. It may be time for her to give up driving, although this can be a difficult transition.
It's Much Easier to Lose or Misplace Items
One of the hallmarks of Alzheimer's disease is that your elderly family member may misplace or lose items that she uses often. She may find items in unusual locations or she may have extreme difficulty remembering when she last saw something she used. When you add difficulty seeing to this problem, everything becomes worse. It's that much easier for items to go missing when your elderly family member can't readily see those items. Home care providers can help you to spot changes in your elderly family member's vision if you didn't realize her vision had changed. It's also a good idea to schedule regular eye appointments. Her eye doctor can get an accurate vision test for her even if she's experiencing more trouble with Alzheimer's and related issues.