Wednesday Workshop – How Alzheimer’s Disease Can Affect Your Vision
Hello and welcome to Wednesday Workshop. As the caregiver, it is important that you keep in mind that the disease affects the brain directly and the body indirectly. A person who suffers from Alzheimer’s may be physically healthy otherwise, but due to the deterioration of certain parts of the brain, the body doesn’t respond as it should.
Here are some guidelines and safety tips in regards to the degeneration of sight and how it will affect the person with Alzheimer’s disease.
There may be nothing physically wrong with the eyes of your loved one; however the brains ability to interpret the images may be decreased. In result, this can cause confusion, disorientation and the inability to recognize familiar people or places.
- Depth perception
Those with Alzheimer’s can lose their depth perception. They have a hard time judging distances, or in determining if something is a 3 dimensional object or a picture. You may see an Alzheimer’s patient trying to pick the flowers up off of a fabric with a floral design, or treating a border on a carpet as a step, either up or down.
- Reduced field of vision
People’s field of vision narrows as they age. However, for some with Alzheimer’s disease, the field of vision narrows dramatically. They are unable to see to either side, resulting in disorientation and a tendency to bump into things.
- Color and contrast
Some with Alzheimer’s cannot pick out an object if it is surrounded by other objects of similar color. Colors in the blue end of the color spectrum seem harder to recognize than those at the red end.
- Following motion
Following a moving object can be difficult. It has been described as watching something move as a series of still images. These problems have serious implications for anyone who is still driving a car, but it also impacts people’s ability to comfortably watch television or any activity involving fast motion.
To learn more or to speak with us here at the Alzheimer’s Care Resource Center
Feel free to call us at (877) 760-9199 or email us below. Thanks for watching today’s Wednesday Workshop and we’ll see you again next week.