Glaucoma is one of the leading contributors to blindness in the U.S. By causing an increased amount of pressure on the eyes, glaucoma typically starts out as blurred vision or even some disorientation. Even though there isn’t a cure for glaucoma, as long is it is caught early on, it can be easily treated by either something simple like eye drops, or something more complex like surgery. If you have been prescribed with eye drops by Dr. Steve Thom, it’s important that you know how to use them and any adverse symptoms to look for. Read on to learn more.
Maximize Absorption By Your Eyes
One problem that we see in our patients when they use eye drops is that they can become absorbed into the bloodstream without targeting the eye. To help maximize the absorption by the eye, press your index finger against the corner of your eyelid near your tear duct and then keep your eye closed for about one to minutes.
As soon as any foreign object or substance enters your eye— even if it’s a medicated eye drop— it can cause immediate burning and discomfort, but it should subside after just a minute or two. If the burning persists or you start experiencing other side effects, discontinue use immediately and contact Dr. Steve Thom’s office.
Watch for Certain Medications
Before Dr. Steve Thom prescribes you with some medicated eye drops for your glaucoma, make sure to tell him any medications that you are taking because some of them can conflict with your eye drops. If you can’t remember the names of your medications during your consultation, follow-up with us when you get home.
If Dr. Thom has prescribed you with medicated eye drops to help treat glaucoma, it’s important to know how they can be absorbed, how to stay comfortable, and medications to be mindful of. To learn more about glaucoma or glaucoma treatment, contact Dr. Steve Thom today to schedule an examination.