Glaucoma Management

Posted By Key-Whitman Eye Center || 11-Apr-2012

dropsGlaucoma 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 glaucoma management:

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 be hereditary.

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 eye exams.

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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