Glaucoma is a group of eye diseases that causes vision loss from damage
to the optic
nerve over time. People who have a family history of the disease, high
blood pressure or high blood sugar may be at higher risk of developing
glaucoma. As with other
eye conditions, adjusting to life with glaucoma can be challenging. However, glaucoma
does not have to take over your life.
Follow these tips for
Understand what type of glaucoma you have. Open-Angle glaucoma, Angle-Closure glaucoma, Normal-Tension glaucoma and
Congenital glaucoma are just a few types and symptoms can differ with
each type. Many times glaucoma progresses slowly, without symptoms. Let
your family know about your diagnosis and keep them informed on your treatment
plans. It’s also important to inform your family as glaucoma can
Follow your doctor’s treatment plan. Ask questions so you understand your treatment plan. Regularly discuss
this plan to make any necessary changes with your doctor’s input.
Most of the time daily eye drops are used to lower pressure in the eye.
Selective Laser Trabeculoplasty can sometimes be used to open drainage
holes in the eye to improve flow of fluid and relieve pressure. Vision
that is lost due to glaucoma cannot be regained, therefore understanding
and following your doctor’s treatment plan is critical to your eye health.
Know your medications and inform your healthcare providers of all medications. It is crucial that all of your health care providers are aware of the
medications you are taking, as they can interact with other medications.
Keep your doctors informed of your condition and treatment.
Stay organized. Keep a record of medications you’re taking, name, dosage, how often
to take it. Keep a copy in your purse or wallet. Write appointments in
a calendar, or enter them in the calendar on your Smartphone. Organization
will help you stay on top of glaucoma and other health conditions and
could help prevent complications.
Keep your eyes healthy. Wear goggles when swimming and protective glasses when doing yard work
or playing contact sports. Eat a
healthy diet, exercise regularly and avoid smoking. See your eye doctor for regular
Remember you’re not alone. More than 2.2 million adults over 40 years old have been diagnosed with
glaucoma. Though difficult, a glaucoma diagnosis should not devastate
your life. Many people with glaucoma live with the disease and never go
blind. Don’t let glaucoma limit your life. Simply make adjustments
to your lifestyle to ensure your overall health.
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