The Essential Glaucoma 17-Point Checklist

You should get all that you can out of life. To do so, you should strive to stay healthy and fit. There are certain proactive steps you can take to meet this goal. However, there are certain health conditions that are beyond your control. If you have begun to suffer from chronic blurriness of vision, you may have contracted glaucoma. You should have yourself diagnosed immediately. Although there is no way to reverse the damage already done by this condition, catching it early will allow you to prevent further damage to your eyesight.

Glaucoma is not a rare eye disease. In fact, it is a quite common condition in which the optic nerve connecting the eye to the brain is damaged. Blurry vision and seeing rainbow-colored circles around bright lights are symptoms of glaucoma. Depending on the severity of the condition, treatment for it includes eyedrops, laser treatment, and surgery. One of the most important things to know is that glaucoma is a progressive degenerative disease. It will not simply go away with time. If you do not have it treated, it can lead to the loss of your entire visual field.

If you know you have glaucoma, you should take the following actions:

1. Tell your loved ones about your conditions and do not be afraid to lean on them for support. You can also join glaucoma support groups.

2. Choose an eye doctor you’re comfortable with

3. Write down your questions and notes so that you can make the most of your eye doctor appointments.

4. Keep your doctor and loved ones in the loop on the effects of the medication you take.

5. Tell your doctor about any other medications you may be taking.

6. Read materials from accurate sources to help you understand and live with glaucoma.

7. Ask your doctor to write down your medication schedule.

8. Follow glaucoma medication instructions carefully.

Your age, family history, and previous medical condition may increase your chances of getting glaucoma. One of the more prominent risk factors is the growth of any abnormality in your eye. This can cause fluid to build up, leading to the kind of excessive pressure that causes damage to the optic nerve. If anyone in your family has had glaucoma, it will increase the chances of you getting it as well. You should gather as much information as you can on this front.

You should know if you are at risk of getting glaucoma. Here are some of the questions you should ask yourself:

1. Did any of my blood relatives family lose their eyesight? What was the cause?

2. Do I have diabetes?

3. Does race matter? It may if you are a young African-American or of Afro-Caribbean descent

4. Am I 40 years of age or older?

5. Have I had an eye injury or eye surgery, even as a child?

6. Am I very nearsighted?

7. Have I taken steroids on a long-term basis?

8. Have I been screened for glaucoma? Am I eligible under Medicare?

9. When was my last eye exam?