Living with Glaucoma

Those who have been diagnosed with glaucoma and are undergoing treatment for the same should be able to have a relatively normal lifestyle by following these simple tips for Glaucoma:

  • Glaucoma patients should understand their medical condition well and the importance of adhering to the appointment schedule with their doctor. These regular checkups are essential as they ensure that the glaucoma is under control.
  • Discuss all possible symptoms with your doctor as this will allow you to identify any warning signs as soon as they crop up. Sometimes, certain medications may cause side effects that can severely diminish your quality of life. In such a case, you can ask your doctor for alternate medications.
  • Those suffering from glaucoma should not hesitate to reach out to family members, friends or support groups for help and motivation. You can also seek counseling to learn how to deal with the emotional effects of this condition.
  • Take up a simple hobby like gardening – even if it means that you just have a few indoor plants. Seeing the fruits of your hard work will help you retain a positive outlook.

Frequently asked questions
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