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Daily Life with Glaucoma

You will probably need to make just a few changes to your lifestyle in order to manage your glaucoma effectively. As long as you are diagnosed early, visit your doctor regularly, and follow your recommended course of treatment, you can continue to live your life fully.

Try to schedule time for taking medication around daily routines such as waking, mealtimes, and bedtime. In this way, your medications will become a natural part of your day.

In addition to taking care of your physical health, it’s equally important to pay attention to the other side of glaucoma—the emotional and psychological aspects of having this disease.

Be sure to share your feelings. Especially in the beginning, it can be helpful to talk about your fears. Confide in your spouse, a relative, a close friend, or a member of the clergy. You may also want to talk with other people who have glaucoma. Sharing ideas and feelings about living with a chronic health condition can be useful and comforting.

Don't Let Glaucoma Limit Your Life

Don’t let glaucoma limit your life. You can continue with what you were doing before glaucoma was diagnosed. You can make new plans and start new ventures. The eye care community, including the Glaucoma Research Foundation, will keep looking for better methods to treat glaucoma and will eventually find a cure.

Some daily activities such as driving or playing certain sports may become more challenging. Loss of contrast sensitivity, problems with glare, and light sensitivity are some of the possible effects of glaucoma that may interfere with your activities.

The key issue is to trust your judgment. If you are having trouble seeing at night, you may want to consider not driving at night. Stay safe by adjusting your schedule so that you do most of your travel during the day.

Sunglasses or tinted lenses can help with glare and contrast. Yellow, amber, and brown are the best tints to block out glare from fluorescent lights. On a bright day, try using brown lenses for your glasses. For overcast days or at night, try using the lighter tints of yellow and amber.

Experiment to see what works best for you under different circumstances.

Your Lifestyle Counts

  • Do not rub your eyes, even though some glaucoma medications might make them feel itchy or blurry.
  • If you have had eye surgery, it is a good idea to wear goggles when swimming and protective glasses when doing yard work or when playing contact sports.
  • Take care of the rest of your body. Keeping in good general health is just as important as taking care of your eyes.
  • Eating healthy foods, getting enough exercise, not smoking, not ingesting too much caffeine, and staying at a healthy weight are important. Be sure to check with your doctor before you start any strenuous exercise program.
  • Space out your fluid intake.
  • Reduce stress in your life and make time for relaxation.

Last reviewed on June 26, 2020

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