As we age the chances of getting glaucoma increase and our eyes TLC than usual. However, knowing the signs and symptoms of glaucoma and how to take care of your eyes can help with prevention or limit its progression for those who have already been diagnosed. Here’s what you need to know.
Glaucoma Risk Factors
While some people may be at more risk in developing glaucoma, people with diabetes and high blood pressure may be at increased risk. Some other risk factors may include:
- Being over age 60
- Family history of glaucoma
- Poor vision
- Taking certain steroid medications
- Have had an eye injury
- Thin corneas
- High blood pressure
- Heart disease
- Sickle cell anemia
- High eye pressure
- Nearsighted or farsighted
- Being of African, Asian or Hispanic descent
Signs and Symptoms of Glaucoma
According to Mayo Clinic, the warning signs and symptoms of glaucoma may vary depending on the type and stage. However, some of the early warning signs and symptoms of glaucoma are:
- Loss of peripheral vision
- Seeing halos around lights
- Loss of vision
- Redness in the eye
- Hazy eyes
- Nausea or vomiting
- Pain in the eyes
- Narrowed vision (tunnel vision)
If glaucoma is not treated, it can eventually lead to blindness. If your elderly loved one has any of the above signs or symptoms, contact their doctor immediately.
Living With Glaucoma
Living with glaucoma doesn’t mean you still can’t enjoy your life. By listening to your doctor’s directions, taking the properly prescribed medications to help lower the pressure in your eyes, you can still lead a healthy and active lifestyle.
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