Tuesday, August 12, 2014

How to Prevent Glaucoma-Related Blindness

Majority of your everyday work and leisure activities require clear vision, so protecting it is a priority. If you have glaucoma, you must be more conscious of preventing vision loss. Some types of glaucoma can take years before blindness occurs, but others may take as quick as a day or two.

Your regular practices and adherence to medical treatment play a role in preventing glaucoma-related blindness. Here are some of the things to consider:

Seek prompt treatment.
Get yearly comprehensive screenings if you are at risk for the disease (e.g., if you have a family history of glaucoma, if you are 40 and over, etc.). When you recognize the early warning signs of glaucoma like eye pain (that can turn into migraines), blurred vision, and eye redness, consult an eye doctor immediately.

Apply your eye drops as prescribed.
Most cases of glaucoma can be managed with one or a combination of medications to lower the intraocular pressure. Usually, these eye drops must be used daily for a prolonged period or even throughout your life.

Undergo glaucoma surgery if necessary.

When your condition is severe, medications may not be enough to keep your eye pressure under control. The eye drops can also be too inconvenient to use and cause side effects, especially when you have multiple prescriptions. Your eye doctor will advise you if laser or traditional surgery is the only effective way to treat your condition. 

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