Glaucoma is one of the leading causes of blindness. Vision loss caused by glaucoma cannot be reversed, but it can be prevented. Doctors are not entirely sure what mechanisms cause glaucoma, but symptoms of glaucoma are typically associated with elevated pressure inside the eye. There is some evidence that certain lifestyle changes may help reduce the risk of glaucoma when combined with clinical treatment. Although not proven to prevent glaucoma, all of the following tips are associated with reduced risk and are often recommended for patients who have been diagnosed with or are at risk of developing glaucoma.
And the most important step to reducing risk of vision loss due to glaucoma:
Though the above tips may help lower IOP and reduce risk of vision loss due to glaucoma, it is important to follow your optometrist’s or ophthalmologist’s recommendations, including frequency of eye exams and clinical treatment for glaucoma. Combining your eye doctor’s recommendations with a healthy lifestyle is the best way to protect your vision.
Dr. Thomas is a primary care optometrist at the Marietta Eye Clinic. In addition to conducting eye exams, she diagnoses ocular diseases and provides ocular surgery co-management.
She earned her doctor of optometry from the University of the Incarnate Word Rosenberg School of Optometry in 2014. She completed externships with Dell Laser Consultant in Austin, Texas; the Rosenberg School of Optometry in San Antonio, Texas; and the Malcom Randall VAMC in Gainesville, Florida.
Dr. Thomas is a member of the American Optometric Association, the College of Optometrists in Vision Development, the Contact Lens Society, and the Sports Vision Association. To learn more about Dr. Thomas, read her full bio here.
The American Academy of Ophthalmology (AAO) is the world’s largest association of eye physicians and surgeons. It describes itself as a “global community of 32,000 medical doctors who protect sight and empower lives by setting the standards for ophthalmic education and advocating for our patients and the public.” Its website is a great resource to learn more about how to care for your eyes.
The American Optometric Association (AOA) describes itself as the leading authority on quality care and an advocate for our nation’s health, representing more than 44,000 doctors of optometry (O.D.), optometric professionals, and optometry students.
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