|Chapter 17 "Senior Class"
Vision loss may
present unique challenges to older generations. In this chapter, Mr. Brady describes these
challenges and offers several responses.
"Loss of vision in one eye is not a trivial thing at any age, but the problems of
adjusting to the loss can become more critical to a person of advanced years. Slowed
reaction time, less than perfect vision in the remaining eye, deterioration of hearing, a
sense that often supplements sight, are negative factors. On the positive side are
experience, judgment and skill built up over a period of years. These attributes, both
positive and negative tend to balance out and allow the older segment of the population to
compare favorably with the automobile safety record of the somewhat more accident prone
youthful drivers." (pg. 125)
"Most important--periodic eye examinations, yearly if possible, to catch the onset
of problems such as glaucoma and cataracts in their early stages and to keep eye glass
prescriptions up to date. . .glaucoma, if detected in it's early stage, can be arrested
and with continuing treatment, vision can be retained." (pg. 126)