What Things Should I Avoid With Glaucoma?
Approximately 3 million Americans have glaucoma. And unfortunately, half may not even know it. Glaucoma begins and progresses imperceptibly and may be impossible to notice until irrevocable ocular harm has occurred. Therefore, early detection is of the utmost importance.
Our board-certified ophthalmologists would love to help you preserve your eyesight and find management solutions for glaucoma. And you can help yourself by contacting us at Focal Point Vision to schedule a consultation in San Antonio, TX.
How can I get my glaucoma under control?
Even though there are currently no known cures for glaucoma, you don't have to resign yourself to losing your vision and independence. Our expert eye doctors are happy to offer you treatment methods and management strategies. Plus, thanks to improved medical techniques, only a tiny percentage of those diagnosed with glaucoma in the United States lose their vision. However, early diagnosis is vital, which is why it's so important to schedule routine eye exams.
In fact, glaucoma has even earned a nickname because of its sneaky progression – "the silent thief of sight." This alludes to the fact that millions of people with this ocular disorder do not even know they have it.
Without professional ophthalmological attention, many will not find out until a significant amount of irreversible damage has been done. Generally, glaucoma will begin to rob individuals of their sight, starting from the periphery, then progressing inward toward the center of one's visual field.
Yet through early detection, we can help you keep as much of your eyesight as possible and enjoy a much better outcome. Some of the treatments we offer include medications and procedures that improve the drainage of fluid within the eye, including MIGS (minimally invasive glaucoma surgery), SLT (selective laser trabeculoplasty), glaucoma drainage implants, and more.
What things should I avoid with glaucoma?
Activities to be avoided typically include high-intensity exercises, such as sprinting or lifting weights. Especially heavy weights, as in powerlifting, since this causes a build-up of internal pressure. There are also numerous exercises that unduly raise the pressure within the eyes and may have to be substituted or removed from one's workout routine. These include inverted movements, in which an individual finds themselves more or less upside down, such as while performing decline or inverted sit-ups or other variations.
Other activities may not be advised for those with glaucoma, including high-stress activities such as bungee jumping or scuba diving. Additionally, dietary concerns can also be key. Diets loaded with fats, especially trans fats, have been shown to decrease ocular health and speed up damage. Caffeine may also increase intraocular pressure. Yet the proper dietary choices can have the opposite effects.
And while yoga may be a good choice to decrease overall stress and improve health, downward-facing positions should be replaced for risk of increasing pressure on the head and eyes. Lighter or aerobic exercise can have the opposite effect. Taking a nice walk or performing some other low-intensity movements may decrease the body's internal pressures and prove beneficial in multiple ways for individuals with glaucoma.
Assume control over your ocular future
One of the best ways to protect your eye health and preserve your vision is to be proactive about your ocular future. An effective and easy way to do this is to simply call or send us a message at Focal Point Vision and set up an appointment with our ophthalmological team.
By tackling glaucoma as early as possible, you can enjoy a more favorable outcome and more effective management strategies. So, contact us today in San Antonio, TX.