Glaucoma Helpline: Vision - Glaucoma Support
Glaucoma is an eye problem that happens when the optic nerve is impaired. In most cases, high eye pressure causes the condition. Most people who experience this problem are aged above 60 years. If not treated earlier, glaucoma can cause blindness. Most types of glaucoma progress in stages and barely present any symptoms in the beginning.
Glaucoma treatment can help reduce the speed at which the patient loses vision. But the damage caused by the problem cannot be reversed. The typical treatment for this eye problem is to reduce eye pressure. Depending on your condition, the doctor may prescribe medications and eye drops. In some cases, laser therapies may be used in association with surgical procedures, such as cataract surgery. Be sure to ask the doctor about the side effects of the treatments.
Connect with our online support group if you want to know whether these treatment options are effective. Many of the ExtendaTouch members have either experienced glaucoma themselves or have cared for their loved ones with the condition. You can ask them about their experience of living with the disease, the diagnosis, and the treatment options.
If you suspect that you or your loved one has glaucoma, you should see an eye doctor as soon as possible. Being acquainted with the risks for glaucoma, and treating glaucoma timely can help slow down the progression of the disease.
Our fellow family caregivers at ExtendaTouch are available to provide you additional information and emotional support. Living with glaucoma or caring for someone with the condition is challenging and mentally and emotionally exhausting. Our members can share their experiences with you and provide you with ideas and tips to improve your quality of life.