- Use your medications regularly: It will be especially easy to forget to use your medication when your pressures are under but to prevent intermittent rise in eye pressure please put drops regularly. Get an extra supply of medication in case you misplace a bottle of eye drops or pills.
- Know what your medications are & how best to use them: Know the name & dosage of each medication you are using.
- Schedule your regular check ups on time: It is easy to put off or forget your regular check ups when your IOP is under control or, when you are busy with work or personal activities. Please go for regular IOP check ups and perimetry test as advised.
- Maintain Good Health: Maintaining good general health is important and also contributes to taking care of your eyes. Pay attention to proper diet and nutrition, exercise, and avoid nicotine and excess caffeine. Reduce your day to day stress.
- Schedule medications around daily routine like on waking up or breakfast & bedtime.
- Remember that “Four times a day” means four times in 24 hours that is at 7am. At noon, 6pm & at bedtime. “Twice a day” means every 12 hours that is at 7 am to 7 pm or 10 am to 10 pm
- Keep your medications in a special visible place at home (for instance on a kitchen table or on a bathroom shelf) carry them with you when your are away from home. If you are scheduled for medication during office hours, you can keep an extra supply in your office or carry it in your bag, so you don’t risk forgetting to take your medication.
- Do talk to us and try and understand how your medication works. It will make it easier for you to remember you’re routine.
- If the medications you are on, is/are inconvenient, uncomfortable to use or too expensive, talk to us about it we can try alternative.
Living with Glaucoma
There are few adjustments a person with glaucoma has to do, like getting used to frequent eye checking & using medications regularly. BUT diagnosis of glaucoma shouldn’t prevent you from enjoying your life.