Tips for Taking Your Glaucoma Medicine

Posted By Key-Whitman Eye Center || 15-Aug-2011

Eye Drops2If you have glaucoma, it is vitally important for you to follow certain tips for taking your glaucoma medicine. Glaucoma is a group of eye conditions that lead to optic nerve damage, and is a leading cause of blindness. Fortunately, it is treatable, and can be managed through proper use of medication. Here are some very important points to remember:

·Consistency is important. Ask your doctor to give you an exact schedule for taking your eyedrops, particularly if you have more than one prescription. If possible, arrange your scheduled doses around your regular routine. If you align your doses with things like your waking time, meals, or bedtime, it will be easier to stay consistent.

·Out of sight is out of mind.The opposite is also true! Keep your prescriptions where you can see them, and it will be easier to remember to take them. Another good reminder would be to set an alarm.

·Ask your doctor what to do about a missed dose. Do not automatically double your next dose. Taking more drops than prescribed is not helpful and could actually be harmful in some cases.

·Use care to take them correctly. If you use both drops and ointments, drops should be inserted first. If you have more than one medication to insert in your eyes, wait at least five minutes between medications.

·Be careful with your medications. Your eye drops should always be kept somewhere clean. If you carry them in your purse, for instance, they should be protected in a Ziploc bag. Never let the dropper touch your eye.

·Carry your medicines with you. If you are away from home, be sure to take your medications with you. If you are traveling by plane, your medicines should never be checked with your luggage, but should remain in your carry-on or purse.

·Communicate effectively with your doctor. Make sure your doctor knows about any medications you are taking, as some medications can interfere with glaucoma medicines. Be sure to schedule regular checkups.

Your eyes are very important, and if you have glaucoma, it is especially crucial that you care for them by paying attention to how you take your glaucoma medication. Everyone, even those without vision problems, should have regularly scheduled eye exams. Key Whitman has been a leading eye-care facility for nearly 50 years, and their experienced staff can help you care for your vision.

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