Top 10 List for Glaucoma

1. Keep your appointments!

  • Missing appointments can lead to permanent loss of vision.
  • Ask your doctor if they have a system to monitor for missed appointments

2. Take your drops every day

  • If you forget, take your drop as soon as you remember.
  • Associate taking your eye drops with another activity you always remember to do. For example:
  • Brushing your teeth
  • Taking other meds
  • Eating meals
  • Write down when you take your drops if you have trouble remembering.
  • Understand that missing drops can cause the eye pressure to rise, leading to more glaucoma damage.

 3. Keep your drops at the ready

  • Put your drops in a location that is convenient for you to use them. This could help you use them on a regular basis. For example:
  • Bathroom with a mirror
  • Bedside
  • Kitchen
  • With other meds

4. Renew your meds

  • Set up a system to have your eye drops renewed on a regular basis.
  • Consider getting 3 months of refills at once.
  • Set up a reminder in your phone for refills.
  • Understand that missing drops can cause your eye pressure to go up. This rise in pressure increases your risk of vision loss.

5. Learn about glaucoma

  • Ask for information from your doctor and read it.
  • Check other sources for information on glaucoma.

  • Keep a list of questions as they arise so that you can discuss them with your doctor at the next visit.
  • Understand the testing that is done to monitor your glaucoma.
  • Ask your doctor to review your testing with you.
  • Understand what tests are used to monitor your glaucoma.

6. Know who you can count on

  • Know what your support systems are and how they can help you.
  • Do you need help giving yourself drops?
  • Do you need help remembering drops?
  • Do you need help paying for your drops?
  • Let your doctor know if anything is limiting you in getting your drops every day.

7. Travel—Take Extra

  • Put an extra bottle in your travel bag.
  • Carry an extra copy of your prescription with you when you travel.

8. Know Your Family History

  • Do your siblings or parents have glaucoma?
  • Let your parents, siblings, and children know you have glaucoma. They are at greater risk for glaucoma because a family member has it.
  • Tell your family to ask a doctor about being tested for glaucoma. The only way to know if they have glaucoma is with an eye exam.

9. Aerobic Exercise Lowers IOP

  • Exercise, such as jogging, walking and bike riding, may help treat glaucoma in addition to drops, laser and surgery.
  • Try to add exercise into your lifestyle. It may help your glaucoma, along with the rest of your health!

10. Supplements

  • No specific supplements are known to prevent glaucoma.
  • In general, take a good senior multivitamin (low iron), fish oil, and Vitamin D3 on a daily basis.
  • Eat a diet with lots of fresh vegetables and fruits. Can’t go wrong!