Living with Glaucoma

caregiving for glaucoma and visually impairedWhat is Glaucoma?

Most people assume that glaucoma is simply defined as eye pressure behind the eye itself; however, the truth is that you can have glaucoma without having increased pressure behind the eye. There are multiple types of glaucoma, including the most common type, open angle glaucoma (90% of those diagnosed have this type of glaucoma); other common types include Normal Tension Glaucoma (NTG), Congenital Glaucoma, and Angle Closure Glaucoma.

When glaucoma is diagnosed early enough, treatment can often deter & even prevent vision loss. However, it is important to follow treatment protocol as advised by your ophthalmologist, optometrist or physician.

Typical Glaucoma Treatments

Below are the most common types of treatment for glaucoma; however, each case is different and should be treated as such by a professional. The most common types of treatment include:

  • Medicine – Medicinal treatments can include eye drops, pills, or a combination of medicines with other treatments. When drops alone do not control the glaucoma, pills may be prescribed along with the drops.
  • Laser Surgery – There are a number of different types of laser surgery to treat various types of glaucoma. Laser surgery has become more common among treatments; with the most common type being Trabeculoplasty, generally used to treat open-angle glaucoma.
  • Traditional Surgery – The common, non-laser type of surgery for many types of glaucoma is called a trabeculectomy. The one negative point of this surgery is that the eye often tries to repair the hole that is created by the surgeon to drain the eye; however, there are treatments that help deter this from happening.

You can find more information about glaucoma with this free booklet from the Glaucoma Research Foundation. While prevention is the best option, sometimes we have no choice and have to learn how to live with a disease. Glaucoma can often be this type of disease but that doesn’t mean that you can’t have an excellent quality of life while learning to live with this vision impairment.

If you or a loved one has suffered vision loss due to glaucoma or any other condition stairs may be harder to maneuver, driving no longer an option and everyday tasks more cumbersome. Utilizing the professional services of an in-home caregiving service can provide you with the help you need so that you can enjoy life to the fullest.


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