Glaucoma spares no one. Young and old, even the newly born babies, are prone to have it. In other words, it can strike at any time, at any age. It is now considered as one the major causes of blindness. But here's good news. Glaucoma can be treated, especially when it's diagnosed really early. You have to undergo supervised medication and/or surgery to save yourself from being blind. Of course, having glaucoma surgery isn't that simple. Here are some of the things that you need to know about it:
- Prepare to lower your eye pressure. This is the first step in preparing you for the procedure. Expect your doctor to prescribe good eye drops so you can improve your eye pressure. Also, listen to your doctor's specific orders. You need to strictly follow them. His orders are essentially meant to condition your eyes for the surgery.
- Find out what is going to happen after your surgery. Knowing the "aftermath" can help you adjust physically, mentally, and emotionally. So, inform yourself about the "realities". There are various laser surgery types in treating glaucoma. They are all intended to lessen the eye pressure and to counter any visual loss. So, after the procedure, you may already by allowed to go home. Your eyes (or just one of two) may be bandaged. You may need to bear some pain, too. Request a family member or a friend to assist you right after the operation. You are definitely going to depend on your assistant to drive you home after the operation and go through the first few days after.
- Understand the necessary routines. After the surgery, your doctor needs to list down your medications, from eye drops to ointments. Don't miss anything to guarantee your fast recovery, including wearing a patch. You should also note the precautions. Understand that your activities are definitely more limited. You are not even permitted to bow or bend over. You can't even force yourself to lift heavy things.
- Follow your check-up schedule after your eye operation. Your doctor needs to monitor and assess your condition. He has to see if the healing is "normal". He may also recommend some adjustments, particularly if there are some "deviations" from your healing process. During your post-operative check-ups, discuss with your doctor any irregular visual symptom that you may have experienced. Are you suffering from vision loss? Are you seeing halos, especially when you are looking around lights? Are your eyes getting red? Do you feel some pain? Are your eyes starting to look "hazy"? Do you vomit?
It is important to request for a comprehensive annual eye examination,
of course, including the critical glaucoma test. If your glaucoma is
arrested early, you can save yourself from becoming blind. The risk
factors for glaucoma include age (over 40 years old), race (Japanese,
Scandinavian, Russian, Inuit, Irish, Hispanic, or African-American),
lineage (family history), and health condition (e.g., poor vision, if
you are suffering from diabetes, if you are taking steroids). Save
yourself, your family, and your friends from the threat of glaucoma. Let
them know the facts.