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Watching for Vision Problems

Many adults are reluctant to talk about their concerns so your family member or friend may not tell you that he or she is having vision problems. But you may notice changes in behavior and appearance that could be related to vision. For example, has your relative begun to do any of the following:

  • Bump into things.
  • Move hesitantly or walk close to the wall.
  • Grope for objects or touch them in an uncertain way.
  • Squint or tilt the head to see.
  • Request more or different kinds of lighting.
  • Hold books or other reading matter close to the face.
  • Drop food or silverware when eating.
  • Have trouble making out faces, the lettering on signs, etc.
  • Not notice stains on clothing or wear mismatched clothes.
  • Act visually disoriented or confused in a familiar place.
  • Trip on area rugs.

Learn more in Prescriptions for Independence, by Nora Griffin-Shirley, Ph.D., and Gerda Groff.

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