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5 Ways to Manage Glaucoma and Prevent Vision Loss

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Glaucoma is the leading cause of blindness worldwide. In fact, experts have estimated that by 2020, 80 million people will have been diagnosed with glaucoma.

Although it is quite common, the diagnosis still comes as a shock to most patients. This is completely normal but the good news is, glaucoma is treatable if caught early enough.

Catching the disease early and starting treatment right away is essential for preserving your vision. Here are five ways you can manage glaucoma:

  • Keep track of your medications

If you aren’t used to regularly taking medication it can sometimes be hard to remember. Try to make a routine out of taking your glaucoma medications; for instance, always taking them after lunch or before bed.

And make sure you keep a list of your medications on hand and that you share it with any of your other healthcare professionals. For instance, let your primary care doctor know about any medications your eye doctor prescribed you. That way they won’t prescribe any medications that could interfere with your glaucoma medications.

  • Be informed of your options

There are several different types of glaucoma so make sure you understand what type you have. Find an ophthalmologist you trust and do your own research on the disease so you understand what your treatment options are.

  • Follow your doctor’s treatment plan

Glaucoma will not improve on its own and if you ignore it hoping it will go away, you risk permanent blindness. Communicate any concerns you have to your doctor and make sure you understand the treatment plan. And it is important to always take your medications and follow through on doctors appointments.

  • Accept help from friends and family

Don’t be afraid to let your friends and family know what is going on. They can provide emotional support and may even offer to help drive you to appointments.

  • Maintain a healthy lifestyle

Of course, you want to preserve your eyesight but it is still important to take care of your overall health. Make sure to get regular exercise and maintain a healthy diet. And of course, continue seeing your ophthalmologist for regular checkups.

If you are concerned that you may be experiencing glaucoma, don’t wait! It is extremely important to manage glaucoma to avoid any vision loss. An early diagnosis is key. If you would like to see our glaucoma experts and learn how to manage glaucoma, request an appointment with Washington Eye Physicians in Washington, DC!

 

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