What You Can Do to Manage your Glaucoma in Daily Life
Keeping track of glaucoma medications along with
your other schedules and responsibilities can be
By getting informed, making healthy choices, and
keeping organised, you can establish a routine
that works for you. We hope you find the following
tips helpful in managing your glaucoma.
Know Your Medication
- Tell everyone on your health care team,
including your family doctor and other
specialists, that you have glaucoma and what
medications you are taking. This will help them
in prescribing treatments that won’t interfere
with your glaucoma medications. Be especially
careful about using any medication that
- Some medications may cause you to
experience strong side-effects. Be sure to tell
your doctor about any side-effects you
experience once you have started your
medication. The intensity of your side-effects
may mean you need a different type of
- Let your doctor know if, for any reason, your
medications are not working for you, or if your
daily routine has changed. Your doctor may be
able to solve such problems by changing the
type or timing of your medications.
- Report any changes to your doctor, especially
eye irritation, watering, blurring or
scratchiness, unusual discharge in the corner
of your eye, temporarily cloudy vision, or
rainbows around lights at night.
- Make your medications part of your daily
routine, perhaps by taking them when you get
up, at mealtimes, and/or at bedtime. Use an
alarm on your watch or phone to remind you
when to take your medication.
- If you forget to take your prescribed
medication, take your medication when you
remember, then get back on your regular
- Get an extra supply of medication in case you
misplace a bottle of eye drops or pills. Take an
extra prescription along with you on trips away
- Use the Glaucoma NZ Membership Identity
Card to keep a record of each medication you
are taking. Write down the name, dosage, and
the number of times it should be taken each
day. Keep it in your purse or wallet. This
reminder can help you remember how often to
use your medications.
- Schedule your next check-up before you leave
the doctor’s office, and put the appointment on
your calendar or smartphone.
- Go for a check-up before you go on a long trip
or start a long-term, demanding project.
- Write down any questions you have about your
eyes, vision, or medications before you see
your doctor. During your check-up, bring this
list of questions, and write down your doctor’s
- Try to keep your eyes clean and free of
irritants. Women should be careful about eye
cosmetics, use non-allergenic brands and
replace them often.
- Don’t rub your eyes, even though some
glaucoma medications might make them feel
itchy or blurry.
- Wear goggles when swimming, and wear
protective glasses when doing yard work or
when playing contact sports.
- Take care of the rest of your body. Keeping in
good general health is just as important as
taking care of your eyes.
- Eating healthy foods, getting enough exercise,
not smoking, not ingesting too much caffeine,
and staying at a healthy weight are important.
Check with your doctor before you start any
strenuous exercise programme.
- Space out your fluid intake, and lower your salt
intake. This will help prevent fluid retention.
- Reduce the day-to-day stress in your life. Be
sure to make time for fun and relaxation.
Source – Glaucoma Research Foundation, San