Parkinson’s disease commonly impacts visual function, even in the early stages. It is important to discuss any visual symptoms you may be experiencing with your health care specialist, as there are medical treatment options available. In addition, there are therapeutic interventions available through our services, working towards improved ease and independence with your daily living tasks.
What are some visual symptoms someone with Parkinson’s may experience?
- Dry eye- eyes may feel itchy, burning, red, and watery
- Inflammation of the eyelid (blepharitis)
- Involuntary spasm of the muscle around the eye (blepharospasm)
- Difficulty with coordinated eye movements
- Double vision
- Difficulty with color identification
- Difficulty detecting items against their backgrounds
- Reduced depth perception
What functional deficits may result from the above symptoms?
- Difficulty reading
- Squinting, keeping one eye closed
- Knocking items over or mis-judging when reaching for them
- Mis-judging steps or curbs
- Fatigue with visually demanding tasks, such as reading and computer work
How can we help?
We provide interventions to help persons with Parkinson’s disease participate in meaningful activities, including:
- Personalized evaluation and goal setting
- Recommendations on home lighting and contrast for home safety
- Training with devices for reading and writing
- Techniques to improve reading tolerance
- Techniques to decrease double vision
- Client and family education