Advice for dealing with mom's vision loss?
My mom is 92 years old. About four years ago, according to her ophthalmologist, she had a stroke in her left optic nerve. That, coupled with her pre-existing macular degeneration, left her without much vision in her left eye. Then about two years ago, she developed wet macular degeneration in her right eye. She was immediately refered to a retinal specialist and has been seeing him regularly ever since. For a while, her right eye was stable, but about a year ago, she started the bleeding again. She's had a couple of shots that have stopped the bleeding and lessened the swelling. However, her vision has worsened.
Since she was diagnosed with the wet macular degeneration, I've done my best to help her. I've bought her a special, high-powered adjustable reading lamp & an adjustable reading table. I've gotten her an assortment of different sized & shaped magnifiers. I've also gotten her several 6X magnification reading glasses. I've ordered several large print magazines for her to read. I type up important information for her using 36 point font.
I don't know what else to do for her. Yesterday I called her and she complained about how she can't see anything anymore or even read the paper any more. However, every time I go over to her apartment, I see articles, coupons, & recipes that she has clipped from the newspaper & magazines. How does she do this if she can't see or read anything at all? She said she wished she could find a doctor who could help her. But I honestly think her specialist is giving her the best care possible.
She lives in an assisted living facility with lots of help available. She doesn't try to watch TV any longer, doesn't listen to the radio, doesn't try to listen to the sermon CDs her church sends her weekly. I'm not sure if those things would even make a difference because she falls asleep all the time now, even in the middle of conversations with me or my family.
She doesn't have the mental capacity any longer to handle any kind of technology that could help her. She is barley able to use her microwave & answering machine; I've had to label the buttons with different colored Sharpie pens. She no longer can figure out how to use her CD player.
Also, she isn't able to describe what's happening with her vision either, and she gets confused easily. Yesterday on the phone, she connected wanting to find another eye doctor with also wanting help with telemarketer phone calls.
She's got an appointment with her specialist this week. I'll bring up her complaints, but I'm afraid there isn't much that can be done. Wet macular degeneration is almost impossible to improve. Any ideas on how I can handle this situation? Thanks for your help.