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[Infographic] Living with Glaucoma

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  • 1. 1. Learn About Glaucoma 2. Know the Most Common Types & Symptoms Glaucoma is a group of conditions that… Primary open-angle glaucoma. Symptoms can include: Can damage vision so slowly that a person may not notice any changes Damage the eye’s optic nerve & cause vision loss Gradual loss of peripheral (side to side & up/down) vision, usually in both eyes Tunnel vision (seeing a very small area directly in front) Can be effectively treated if diagnosed early Angle-closure glaucoma. Symptoms can include: TOOL: NIH Medline Health http://1.usa.gov/1euFtJf Sudden, severe blurred vision Severe pain – often affecting one eye at a time Other types of glaucoma can include: secondary, exfoliative, neurovascular, uveitic, and traumaticcongenital, combined mechanism, narrow angle & normal-tension. 5. Get an Early, Accurate Diagnosis & Effective Treatment An accurate diagnosis of glaucoma should be made by an ophthalmologist & should include a history, physical exam, eye exam & an assessment of the impact of glaucoma on daily life. Glaucoma can be effectively treated in the following ways: Medicine Laser Surgery Low Vision Rehab Microsurgery TOOL: Glaucoma Animation http://1.usa.gov/JZnbqq Adaptive Equipment 3. Know the Risk Factors Increased eye pressure High blood pressure TOOL: Understanding & Living with Glaucoma http://bit.ly/JZr2nx Support Groups Eating Healthy Foods Staying Active Family history of glaucoma Over age 60 4. Learn About the Impact Glaucoma can have a serious impact on a person’s quality of life. Quality of life is most impacted when a person has problems with: Anxiety, depression, fear & uncertainty Isolation due to lack of mobility Cooking, cleaning & self care Darkness or glare from bright lights Heart disease, diabetes, hypothyroidism Long-term steroid use Being of African/ Asian descent Bumping into things Home Care Driving Working Fear of falling TOOL: Evaluation of Quality of Life & Priorities of Patients with Glaucoma http://bit.ly/1lYeZCP Tripping over objects Reading & seeing in detail Volunteerism & socialization TOOL: Glaucoma Research Foundation http://bit.ly/1lFEj2U © 2014 Griswold International, LLC brought to you by www.griswoldhomecare.com Call 800-GRISWOLD Get Involved & Fight Back! www.glaucoma.org CaringTimes Celebrate, Educate, Advocate.