Jul 22 Care Mission

Can You Read This?

We challenge you to see what happens when you lose sight of your surroundings. Taking this Care Challenge can help you experience vision impairment, a common issue seniors face.

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The Facts: By age 65, one in three Americans will form a vision-impairing eye disease including cataracts, which are the leading cause of blindness in the U.S.

Care Challenge:

In this challenge, experience what it may be like to have low or impaired vision. Upon prior consultation with your doctor or physician, take this Care Challenge and notice how it makes you feel. If your doctor or physician advises against this, do not attempt the challenge.

  1. Grab a pair of sunglasses and scrub them with soap to ensure there are suds on the lenses.
  2. Sit down at a table with a newspaper or magazine.
  3. Try to read as much of the front page as you can. Is it blurry? Did it take you a while to finish reading?
  4. Tell Us: Did you see what it may be like to have a vision impairment? Share your feelings about the challenge in the comments.

Seniors with poor vision may experience problems like this every day. If you suspect a senior loved one may be experiencing vision loss, talk to them about your concerns and help them find a medical professional who can evaluate them.

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  1. I have experience 4 years home care

    Selamwit mela
    1 Mission Completed
  2. One of my clients is legally blind and her husband is not far behind her. He looks for things with his hands. I have caught him several times and ask him what he was doing and he ask me to look for something for him cause he couldn’t find it. His wife told me that he was looking for juice in fridge and he couldn’t see it. So I got it for them. They know and understand that he is getting worse.

    Christine Marcum
    22 Missions Completed
  3. I did this and the challenge of loss of vision is real and frightening for those facing it. We must help those who face these challenges with kindness, respect and patience.

    Nancy
    1 Mission Completed
  4. I am 48 years old and already cannot read the news paper without my glasses, and can barely send a basic text. This progressed fairly quickly once it started and the panic and fear is very real. Suds on sunglasses would definitely add to the feeling that you are being buried alive which is extremely frightening and depressing. I can only imagine how being elderly and possibly physically impaired also would be such a scary time. Especially if you are not so fortunate as to have family around and a safe environment. (I don’t have sunglasses with me but my testimony is the real thing unfortunately!)

    Mary
    3 Missions Completed
  5. Jean
    0 Missions Completed
  6. Cannot imagine the hardships of those who have lost the vision ! I tried this mission and needless to say it was not going well and very overwhelming to think this could be me one day as I grow older

    Michelle
    1 Mission Completed
  7. I had a form of cataracts in my eyes that was advancing at a rapid pace when I was in my late 40’s. It was very hard to see, read, I had to stop driving until I had surgery. I understand what it’s like to not be able to see. But for a lot of seniors it’s just about getting older and there is no surgery that will help. It’s frustrating to not see well and scary also.

    Carol
    2 Missions Completed
  8. I am 63 and am slowly losing my vision. It’s terrible.

    Debby
    1 Mission Completed
  9. It wss was very hard

    Debby
    1 Mission Completed
  10. It wss was impossible

    Debby
    1 Mission Completed
  11. All I had to do was take my readers off to experience what it feels like to have vision problems. It comes on slowly so it is good to know what to expect as you age.

    Donna
    1 Mission Completed
  12. I was blind but now I see……
    In my life this was true, so I understand and pray for all those effected by this condition.

    Ken
    3 Missions Completed
  13. Wow. So heartbreaking

    Sandi
    3 Missions Completed
  14. All I need to do is remove my glasses and try to reas with one eye. Doesn’t work very well.

    Jolan
    9 Missions Completed
  15. I have some visual impairment at times and I know what it feels like I didn’t need to take it to my doctor. I had a mini-stroke one time and lost my vision for a few days all I could see was a little hole! I was lost and couldn’t find my surroundings and tripped over everything and ran into things. It taught me what it feels like to not have your vision. I am diabetic and when I was first diagnosed and got to the hospital my blood sugar was over 800 and I was literally blind and it took days for all of my vision to come back and when it started to come back I had rainbow type auras around everything. At first they didn’t know if it was going to come back and when it did it took weeks.

    Deana
    0 Missions Completed
  16. I just needed to take off my glasses and try to read…not good !
    My mother has macular degeneration which cannot be helped with glasses. It’s difficult for her. She no longer reads or crafts. We need to be patient with people, especially as they age and lose abilities that they used to have. Compassion and love and patience is so important.

    Joan
    2 Missions Completed
  17. This made it extremely difficult to read having both eyes open. I had to close one and squint. I have been dealing with occasional blurry vision in one eye for a few months now, and honestly its a terrible burden to deal with. I am a professional dancer and this has directly effected my ability to spot my turns making it nearly impossible to turn to my left most days.

    Brittany
    2 Missions Completed
  18. This was a difficult to perform without straining to get things accomplished. I just took off my glasses to do this mission. Not a pretty place to be when you have to struggle so hard.

    Sally
    2 Missions Completed
  19. We must fight for their rights their support their well being we as the people of voice can speak for others who can’t take on the challenges for themselves. Being self centered about the situation is beyond pathetic, LOSS of vision is real I can only imagine how being elderly and physically impaired also can be such a scary feeling. I’m 31 and have to struggle at times my daughter is 11 and has stage 1 diabetes and at times she also goes blind as well which is a scary feeling. Just imagining a elderly person with the same side effect???? Not nice at all

    China
    1 Mission Completed
  20. It was an amazing experience. I have a lot of vision challenges from early years of chemo.

    Christine
    4 Missions Completed
  21. Are elderly defently need people in their lives, to give a kind word is a great thing to do for them, to help them with something they can no longer do is even more sufficient to do for them, they are the one’s that appreciate thing’s done for them, they are the most rewarding thing’s to be done is helping the elderly, more than kind words speak for themselves, I’ve always gone out of my way to show them someone still cares for them and talk and spend time with them is something everyone should do, they appreciate the time and company that they get from you or someone else!!

    Troy
    0 Missions Completed
  22. That was some kind of Experience. But could be very devastating in My Senior Years.

    Mrs. JB
    1 Mission Completed
  23. Helping people and all animals is very important to me because every living thing deserves to live

    Dawn Bair
    1 Mission Completed
  24. It was very frustrating. It was taking so long, I just gave up.

    Lisa
    2 Missions Completed
  25. I had a stroke 4 years ago and I suffer from left side deficit which basically means my brain does not recognize that I have a left side anymore I’m paralyzed in my arm and leg and my vision on my left side is extremely poor things can be right in front of me on my left but I do not see them until someone points them out to me. This issue keeps me from being able to drive and even driving my electric wheelchair can be a problem I just have a difficult time seeing things on my left side so I am constantly running into things or not clearing a doorway without running me left knee into the doorjamb not a very fun thing to constantly have a bruised and sore knee cap

    Trena
    0 Missions Completed
  26. I used to walk my dog while closing my eyes every 47 or so steps. That was easier than this! It was frustrating trying to read around the suds!

    Haydee
    3 Missions Completed
  27. This was so hard! It made me sad but it also made me really th8nk.

    Ande
    6 Missions Completed
  28. Realize there are many seniors who live with low vision every day. My dad had macular degeneration, it was very difficult for him living alone. He would take his electric scooter down the highway to the bank, and shopping crossing at the traffic lights, not easy to do by just listening for car sounds. He managed ok until he developed Alzheimer’s disease, he forgot all his blind training. He even forgot he was legally blind, kept asking for his glasses. Sad!

    Lydia
    7 Missions Completed
  29. Had a lively discussion with an older lady regarding her fabulous hair color!

    Dorrie
    4 Missions Completed
  30. I have been wearing glasses for over 40 years and thoroughly empathize with blurred vision though I tend to wear trifocals. Becoming a senior with multiple losses over time can leave a person feeling vulnerable or overwhelmed. Sometimes it can be easy to forget what another person’s journey can be like i.e. difficult or challenging.

    Anita
    1 Mission Completed
  31. My sister has cataracts and she says things are blurry. I tried the soapy sunglasses to experience what she might be going through. I also would take care of a blind man about 15 years ago. He was a friend of my family. I noticed that vision problems make it difficult to do everyday things. I still help my sister when I can even though she lives about a hour drive away.

    Gloria
    62 Missions Completed
  32. Without readers the world is a haze, nothing is more frustrating than trying to distinguish which pill to take by their sizes because you can’t read the bottles! It’s dangerous! Awful to think people go without glasses!

    Ellen
    1 Mission Completed
  33. Negotiating a slightly unfamiliar room with my eyes closed was daunting. This exercise increased my empathy and raised awareness of my sight impaired clients and their needs

    Toya
    8 Missions Completed
  34. I was walking in my neighborhood this morning and crossed paths with an elderly couple. I smiled and said “hi” and they enthusiastically did the same.

    Scott
    1 Mission Completed
  35. It was nearly impossible to read. Let alone get to the couch to sit down.

    Joseph
    2 Missions Completed
  36. Without my glasses, I am legally blind; thank goodness my vision problem is correctable. So many aren’t. My great aunt had macular degeneration, and it really hindered her favorite hobbies of sewing, knitting and crocheting. We need to be more understanding and helpful to our seniors who face vision problema.

    Sue
    6 Missions Completed
  37. I went out in the car driving before realizing I had left my glasses at home. I was upset and shaking due to the fear of not being able to see details of the road. I found a safe stopping point and turned around and drove straight home. If I forget my glasses at night or anytime , I won’t be doing any driving, that’s for certain. The unknown shadows and darkness was frightening and intimidating. Take care of your eyes!!

    Melissa
    1 Mission Completed
  38. I took my dad to err for glaucoma problem & watched him suffer losing sight. Very sad.

    Joyce
    6 Missions Completed
  39. I have worn glasses since a child. I remember if I forgot them I couldn’t see the blackboard. I took your challenge and I thought if I took my glasses off I’d be ok. I only need them for distance. Well I could NOT read the magazine. Could catch some words here or there, but it was very frustrating. I have taken for granted that at least with my glasses I can see, not realizing how lucky I am. Any client I have who has poor vision I always offer to read to them. The paper, mail, bible ect. It was eye opening.

    Tammy
    2 Missions Completed
  40. I myself am starting cataracts and find things are getting alittle more blurry and my eyes tire more easily! But…..not bad enough for surgery to remove them yet!! Must be patient fir now!

    Nancy Cooksey
    28 Missions Completed
  41. Went for a bloodtest and the line was doubled to the door.. but i stayed as i was saying to the lady about being swamped ..she started apologizing for the large delay said they were 3 people short and nov back up isaid that i thought she was doong an awesome job that it really hd not felt long as they were moving right along she began to thank me profusely as she was sooo happy someone actually noticed her hard work..she really did handle the the people with care…

    Barbara
    1 Mission Completed
  42. What do i need to do for mo y CARE MISSION?

    Lan Archer
    1 Mission Completed
  43. Said hi and had a sweet conversation!

    Kathy
    3 Missions Completed
  44. Was very hard to get around

    Gloria
    2 Missions Completed
  45. Was very hard to see where I was going

    Gloria
    2 Missions Completed
  46. I tried this mission using some deodorant on my glasses. Yuck. But it was a great way to see what someone with cataracts sees. My Aunt just had cataract surgery on Friday. I took her to her appt. and have been staying with her through her recovery. She lives in a 55 and over community in Monroe, Twp., New Jersey. I have been hanging out with her and have gone over to visit her much older neighbor, Norman. I have been checking in on him and his wife in the blistering hot weather. Brought some lemonade.

    Tracy Colligan
    3 Missions Completed
  47. I tried this mission using some deodorant on my glasses. Yuck. But it was a great way to see what someone with cataracts sees. My Aunt just had cataract surgery on Friday. I took her to her appt. and have been staying with her through her recovery. Checked in on neighbor, Norman, in this hot weather and brought lemonade to him and his wife.

    Tracy Colligan
    3 Missions Completed

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