National Glaucoma Awareness month
January is National Glaucoma Awareness month.
This is an important time to spread the word about this sight-stealing disease. Glaucoma is called the “sneak thief of sight” due to having no noticeable symptoms in its early stages. Vision loss progresses at such a gradual rate that individuals affected by the condition are often unaware of it until their sight is compromised.
Currently, glaucoma is not a curable disease and most damage caused by the disease cannot be reversed. However, there are existing treatments that can slow the progression of the disease for most patients. Some of these treatments include:
- Prescription eyedrops – decrease eye pressure and improve eye fluid drainage.
- Oral medications – Common medication is carbonic anhydrase inhibitor
- Laser Surgery – Argon Laser Trabeculoplasty, Selective Laser Trabeculoplasty, Laser Peripheral Iridotomy, Cycloablation
- Filtering Surgery – Also known as a trabeculectomy, small opening created in the white of the eye to remove part of the trabecular meshwork.
- Drainage Tubes – small tubes inserted into the eye to assist with draining excess fluid.
- Electrocautery – minimally invasive procedure used to remove tissue from the travecular meshwork.
- Emerging Therapies – new drugs, surgical procedures and devices
Individuals of all ages should be concerned about glaucoma and its effects. Razing awareness about glaucoma is very important to ensure that individuals can take preventative measures before the disease has irreversible effects. Here are some ways that you can help with awareness this month:
1. Schedule routine eye examinations with an ophthalmologist.
2. Find out if there is a history of glaucoma in your family.
3. Talk to friends and family about glaucoma. If you have glaucoma, don’t keep it a secret. Let your family members know.
4. Get involved in your community through fundraisers, information sessions, group discussions, inviting expert speakers, and more.
5. High-risk groups that should stay aware include:
- Individuals over 60
- Chronic Diseases – Diabetics, high blood pressure, heart disease and hyperthyroidism
- Famaily History
- Eye injury and nearsightedness
- Use of corticosteroids
6. Minimize prolonged head-down positions that some research suggests may elevate eye pressure.
Corewood Care believes that the delivery of information and encouraging awareness for all health matters is the best way to ensure that individuals are receiving the best information when it comes to their health. We understand that your vision is an important part of maintaining an independent lifestyle. If you are diagnosed with glaucoma, our senior care team can help you navigate your options and find quality senior health care providers, provide transportation and companionship to appointments.
Contact our team today at (301) 909-8117 for help with staying healthy, aging in place, and living life to the fullest!