There is currently no cure for glaucoma, but there are things you can do to prevent or minimize vision loss from glaucoma. In this post, the team at Ophthalmic Consultants of Connecticut discusses some of the do’s and don’ts for glaucoma patients.
Do Know Your Risk
Many people with glaucoma don’t know they have it because they don’t yet have any symptoms. Catching glaucoma early gives you a better chance to preserve your vision, so you should know whether you are in a higher-risk group, such as:
- African-Americans, especially if you are over age 40.
- Anyone over age 60.
- Anyone with a family history of glaucoma.
- People with diabetes.
Don’t Skip Eye Exams
All adults should get comprehensive eye exams every two years. If you are in a higher-risk group, you should get an eye exam annually or as recommended by your doctor.
Your ophthalmologist can check your intraocular pressure and do other tests for glaucoma. Getting these tests done regularly can help diagnose glaucoma early and protect your eyes.
Do Exercise and Eat Right
Regular exercise and a healthy diet are good for both your overall health and your eye health. They can also reduce your risk for type 2 diabetes, which is a risk factor for glaucoma.
In addition, avoid smoking and keep your blood pressure under control.
Don’t Ignore Your Treatment Plan
Glaucoma patients are often prescribed eye drops to reduce their intraocular pressure. This treatment can preserve your vision, but some patients do not follow their doctor’s treatment plan or fail to get refills when their medication runs out.
Make sure you understand how to apply the drops and how frequently you should use them. You should also follow your doctor’s recommendations for scheduling follow-up appointments to monitor your progress.
Do Protect Your Eyes
Practicing a healthy lifestyle, scheduling regular eye exams, and following your doctor’s instructions can go a long way towards managing your glaucoma. If it’s been a while since your last eye checkup, call your ophthalmologist to schedule your next glaucoma screening.
Visit the Ophthalmic Consultants of Connecticut to schedule a glaucoma screening or develop a glaucoma treatment plan. Call 203-366-8000 or email us today.