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January Is Glaucoma Awareness Month!

Glaucoma usually strikes with no warning. It can cause significant harm and impair your vision before you even notice that something’s changed. Thus, it is pivotal to learn as much about this condition as possible. There is no better time to do that than January — the glaucoma awareness month.

 

Here are the three steps you should follow to ensure your eyes are healthy:

Schedule an Annual Check-Up

When it comes to glaucoma and any other conditions that can threaten your vision, early detection is of utmost importance. Scheduling an annual eye exam will ensure you catch glaucoma in its early stages. Regular check-ups are especially important if you are over the age of forty.

Another thing to keep in mind is the fact that some types of glaucoma are inherited. If your family has a history of glaucoma, it is more likely that you will get the condition as well. That is why talking about your family’s medical history with your family members is also a good idea. Any info you gather will be valuable to your doctor during your exam.

Stick to Your Current Eye Care Plan

COVID-19 has changed our lives in many ways. One of the most prominent ones is the fact that we now try to avoid in-person visits to our doctors unless it’s absolutely necessary. But glaucoma does not allow for that. If you have been diagnosed with it, visiting your eye doctor regularly is a must. That way, your physician will be able to monitor your condition and adjust your treatment if there are any changes.

It is normal to feel worried about your safety amid the pandemic. Most clinics have ensured their patients’ safety by adhering to strict distancing and virus protection procedures.

Another important thing to remember is that you should continue taking your glaucoma medications. These medications can be expensive which is the main reason why many people stop taking them. Here are a few ideas that could help you save some money as well.

You can try different pharmacies, as the price often varies between them. Pharmacies connected to your health plan will often offer the best prices or give you a discount. If your medical plan does not cover any medications, your doctor might be able to submit a prior authorization. Such a document could help insurance cover your expenses. You can also look online for coupons and discounts.

Understand Your Options

The fast advancement in the glaucoma field has brought about a whole new array of treatment options. Today, your doctor has more options to choose from than they ever had before. Doing your own research and looking into which option would work best for you is, thus, quite important. You can advocate for yourself and discuss your wishes and options with your physician. That way, you will be sure you are getting the best possible care.

Beyond January

Educating yourself on glaucoma should continue well past the glaucoma awareness month. Luckily, there are many resources for you to explore. A good starting point is the Understanding and Living With Glaucoma booklet. There, you can find all the info on this condition and learn how to fight it. Are you ready to learn more about the vision correction options available at Jacksonville Eye Center? Click here and request an appointment!

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