Elderly Man Takes Make-up Classes To Learn How To Make Up His Blind Wife

Often overlooked by the general public, vision loss affects nearly 253 million people worldwide, 36 million of whom are blind. Experts estimate that the number of people with blindness could triple by 2050. Vision disorders are most often age-related, with four in five people aged 50 and older.

Visual impairment refers to being blind or visually impaired. It affects the daily lives of those affected and is extremely disabling. In particular, those who lose their sight find themselves unable to perform many of the tasks of daily life properly and become dependent on those around them.

The touching story of an elderly man who learned to make up his wife

Des and Mona Monahan are Irish and have been married for 56 years.

One day, Mona wanted to give herself a professional make-up at a party. She went to a local cosmetics store with her husband.

Not being able to remain simple spectator of the scene of his wife in the hands of makeup artist Rosie O'Donnell, Des intervened several times by making remarks and giving various indications. Rosie then proposed to the retiree to try to make up his wife himself, which Des accepted.

Mona, very attached to the fact of always having an impeccable presentation, suffers for some time from a serious decline of the sight, to the point that it is probable that she will soon become blind.

As for Des, he is incredibly attached to his wife and wants her to trust her in all circumstances. He decided, after this first experience, to undertake courses to be able to make the makeup of his wife when she will not be able to do it.

The story of Des and Mona is incredible proof of dedication. She has traveled the world and moved thousands of people because she shows that sincere love does exist, that it lasts and that it has no age.

Pathologies leading to visual impairment
According to a study published in the medical journal The Lancet Global Health in 2017, the main factors that can lead to visual impairment include:

Cataract is the leading cause of blindness in the world. This condition consists of opacification of the lens, the lens behind the iris. This opacification is due to a coagulation of the proteins of which it is composed, itself caused by an excessive presence of free radicals. However, the presence of free radicals in the body is related to the phenomenon of inflammation.

Cataracts usually appear around age 65, it causes a gradual decline in vision. For example, the pupil of a person with cataracts appears greyish or whitish.

Glaucoma is a disease affecting the optic nerve, which becomes the object of degeneration resulting in a loss of peripheral vision gradually extending towards the center of the field of vision. The person has what is called a "tunnel" vision, a tunnel that is tightening little by little.

Age-related macular degeneration (AMD)
AMD results in a deterioration of the macula, the central area of the retina that allows us to see the colors and details of objects, and is manifested by a progressive loss of central vision. With peripheral vision maintained, AMD rarely leads to blindness.

Diabetic retinopathy
Diabetic retinopathy affects nearly half of people with type 2 diabetes. It occurs when excess blood sugar weakens the blood capillaries of the retina until they eventually rupture. Follows then a retinal edema responsible for a fall of the vision and which can lead to blindness.

Risk factors of these pathologies
The risk factors of the pathologies mentioned above include:

- in the long term, taking certain medications such as corticosteroids

- chronic inflammatory diseases such as arthritis, cardiovascular pathologies (atherosclerosis and blood cholesterol, hypertension), diabetes ...

- exposure to ultraviolet rays

- smoking and alcohol consumption

- a diet low in fruit and vegetables, high in sugar and refined cereals and in saturated fats

Whether they come from the consumption of drugs, psychoactive substances such as tobacco or alcohol, the general state of health or diet, the affections of the sight seem to depend much on the way of life of the people rather than an "old age" tote.

Old age is obviously a moment in life when the consequences of all that the body has accumulated as harmful substances are felt and where the symptoms of a deleterious state of health begin to appear seriously.
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