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Glaucoma Awareness Month

http://www.everythinglongbeach.com/wp-content/uploads/2010/06/senior-eye-health-300x200.jpgAging and Your Eyes

Many factors that affect vision come with aging. Nonetheless, some of these changes are considered to be more alarming than others. One of the most common age related eye disease is Glaucoma. As people aged, their eyesight can become more impacted; older adults should practice healthy habits to protect their visions. Such as going to their yearly regular eye exams, avoid smoking, eating nutritious foods, and maintaining a healthy weight. 

What is Glaucoma?

It’s the augmentation of pressure around the eyeball, which ultimately leads to total blindness.

Experiencing any of these symptoms? Seek medical treatment immediately.¹

  • Excruciating eye pain
  • Loosing Vision
  • Hazy Vision
  • Blush/inflammation of the eye
  • A cloudy appearance of the eye
  • Nausea or Vomiting
  • Seeing floaters and flashes

²There are many options that have been made available to help those suffering with Glaucoma. These options work efficiently and proficiently. They include: 

  • MIGS: Minimally Invasive Glaucoma Surgery. Decrease pressure to prevent or reduce damage to the optic nerve.  
  • Medication: Daily intake or dosage of your medication can prevent eye loss.
  • Surgery: Depending on the severity of glaucoma, laser treatment or incisional surgery may be necessary.
  • Resources: Many organizations offer additional information and even financial support.
  • Work Your Ophthalmologist and Optometrist: A positive relationship with

Your doctor is the foundation of effective treatment.
Recently diagnosed with Glaucoma? Here some questions that you want to ask your Doctor:

What type of glaucoma do I have?

How will my vision be affected now and in the future?

What is my expected prognosis?

What special precautions should I take when working or driving?

What medications do you recommend? Will they interact with any other medications or dietary supplements I am taking?

How will I know if the treatment is working?

Which activities should I avoid?

How often will I need checkups?

Can you recommend any glaucoma support groups?

The most important thing about fighting against Glaucoma is that your doctor understands your concerns; and has treatment options that best suit your case. If you feel uncomfortable and unease always remember it is your right to get a second opinion. Always remember a good relationship with your doctor help assist your treatment.

¹ https://www.nia.nih.gov/health/publication/aging-and-your-eye

² http://www.glaucoma.org/

³ http://www.aoa.org/patients-and-public/eye-and-vision-problems/glossary-of-eye-and-vision-conditions/glaucoma?sso=y