There are several things you can do to protect your eyes from vision loss.
Comprehensive Eye Exam
The first thing to do is to get a comprehensive eye exam every year. During your eye exam, the doctor will perform a glaucoma test to see if you suffer from this disease and potentially catch it early.
People with diabetes, African-Americans over the age of 40, individuals with a family history of glaucoma, and everyone over the age of 60 have a higher risk of contracting the disease.
If you are being treated for glaucoma, it is important to take your prescribed medication every day. It is also important to see your family eye care professional regularly.
What Questions Should You Ask?
You can protect yourself against vision loss by asking questions of your eye doctor and working in partnership with him or her. It is important to know what sorts of questions to ask so you can prepare yourself on what to expect during this time.
Ask what your exact diagnosis is and what led to your condition. It is important to ask if your condition can be treated, and if so how long the treatment will last. Get answers from your doctor about any possible side effects to the medication and any foods or activities you should avoid.
Your Wooster family eye care professionals at Pycraft Family Eye Care are ready to help you have a clear understanding of glaucoma and answer any questions.