Jan 29, 2018 by Sandra Hatch
Vision loss doesn’t have to be just a part of getting older. Many seniors who are experiencing the symptoms of glaucoma don’t even realize they may have glaucoma. They think that the symptoms of glaucoma are just normal side effects of aging. But that’s not always the case. Glaucoma is the number one cause of vision loss and vision problems in seniors over 60.
Several lifestyle and senior home care remedies in Fresno, CA can improve glaucoma and eye health as well. A healthy diet full of dark, leafy green vegetables and omega-3 fatty acids, frequent exercise, and sleeping with an elevated head are all recommended. Comfort Keepers caregivers can help seniors eat a healthy diet, get enough sleep, and make other lifestyle changes to manage their glaucoma.
While glaucoma cannot be prevented, it can be controlled if it is diagnosed and treated early. Older adults who make yearly visits to the ophthalmologist a priority can reduce their risk of blindness and enjoy healthy eyes and a higher quality of life throughout their golden years.
High pressure within the eye is the greatest risk factor for glaucoma. However, other risk factors include old age, thin corneas, steroid use, previous eye injuries, a family history of glaucoma, a history of shock or anemia, and nearsightedness.
While there are 5 different types of glaucoma, the most common one is open-angle glaucoma. Since it does not show any signs or symptoms except for gradual loss, it’s imperative that older adults visit the ophthalmologist yearly so that any vision changes can be monitored.
There is another type of glaucoma called narrow-angle glaucoma, which is considered a medical emergency. If a senior experiences symptoms such as severe eye pain, eye redness, nausea, vomiting, sudden blurred vision, or seeing halos around lights, they should visit their doctor immediately. Seniors who need to see the eye doctor but have been putting off making an appointment because they have trouble getting around should consider senior home care. A caregiver can be a big help for seniors when it comes to getting out and getting around.
Most of the time, glaucoma occurs when the fluid inside of the eye does not drain properly. When the fluid builds up, the pressure inside of the eye does as well. This pressure hinders the optic nerve and can lead to vision loss and blindness in time. Glaucoma can also arise in an individual with normal eye pressure if there is poor blood flow to the nerve or the optic nerve is fragile.
There are a number of different ways a doctor may treat glaucoma. The most common glaucoma treatment is eye drops. Eye drops work by reducing the formation of eye fluid or increasing its outflow. Redness, allergies, irritation, and stinging are all side effects of glaucoma eye drops so seniors should inform a doctor of any other medications they are allergic to. A doctor in Fresno may prescribe an oral medication if eye drops do not help.
Laser surgery may also be an option for glaucoma and increase the flow of eye fluid for older adults with open-angle glaucoma. For seniors with angle-closure glaucoma, laser surgery may be effective in stopping fluid blockage. Cyclophotocoagulation, trabeculoplasty, and iridotomy are all examples of laser surgeries that may be performed to treat glaucoma.
If you have a senior loved one who might have glaucoma and needs extra help around the house contact us today for more information. Our compassionate caregivers in Fresno, CA will be happy to talk with you about the benefits of senior home care and how they can help your senior loved one.