Glaucoma: Tips to Preserve Your Vision

Glaucoma: Tips to Preserve Your Vision

Glaucoma: Tips to Preserve Your Vision

While there is not a cure for glaucoma, it’s possible to control the eye disease and prevent it from causing vision loss. If you suffer from glaucoma, you want to know everything you can do to prevent it from progressing. Let’s go over some tips that will help you preserve your vision.



Keep Regularly Scheduled Eye Exams

Your eye doctor is the first line in defense in preserving your vision. When you have glaucoma, you need to go to your regularly scheduled appointments, so your eye doctor can examine your eyes to ensure the condition hasn’t progressed. If it has, your eye doctor might need to change the treatment strategy to protect your eyesight.



Follow the Treatment Protocol

If you’re in the early stages of glaucoma, you might not notice any symptoms. For instance, your vision might seem fine, so you don’t know why you must use eye drops every day. Unfortunately, most people don’t notice the symptoms until the disease has progressed, and the damage is not reversible. Because of that, you must follow the treatment protocol to the letter. Treatment should be a part of your daily routine. If you have any issue using the eyedrops or following any other treatment guidelines, ask your eye doctor for help.



Sleep on Your Back

Research has shown that sleeping on your side or stomach can increase the pressure in your eyes. The eye that contacts the pillow or bed will see the increase in pressure. Sleeping on your back can protect your eyes from the pressure increase during the night. If you have a hard time sleeping on your back, try positioning pillows around you. This will make it difficult to roll over during the night. Over time, you will train yourself to sleep on your back without the pillows.



Exercise

Exercising can also lower our eye pressure, making it easier to manage your glaucoma. Engage in cardio activities that get your heart rate up to enjoy the benefits. While exercise is important, do not do anything that causes you to put your head beneath your heart. This will increase your eye pressure. 

Also, lifting weights is normally a part of a workout routine, but you need to be careful if you have glaucoma. Heavy lifting can increase eye pressure, so go with light weights and more repetitions. Then, you can enjoy the benefits without increasing your eye pressure.



Limit Your Caffeine Intake

A single cup of coffee can cause your eye pressure to increase. Consider eliminating caffeine. If that is not an option, talk to your eye doctor to find out how much caffeine you can safely consume. If you are in the early stages, a cup of coffee here and there might be OK. However, if you are in the later stages, it’s wise to eliminate it so you don’t make your condition worse. 

Do you need additional information about protecting your vision or want to undergo a glaucoma examination? Contact our eye care center to schedule an appointment. 

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