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National Glaucoma Week: Tips for Managing Glaucoma

Posted On 06 June 2016

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To raise awareness for National Glaucoma Week we’ve gathered some top tips on managing Glaucoma for those that have recently been diagnosed or know someone who has.

National Glaucoma Awareness Week is an annual campaign run by the IGA (International Glaucoma Association) and takes place this week, between the 6th and 12th of June.  

In this blog we’ll share top tips gathered from the NHS, IGA and Glaucoma Research Foundation on getting to grips with a Glaucoma diagnosis and how to settle into a healthy routine with taking your new medication.

Glaucoma is an eye condition caused by a build up of pressure in the eye which can affect vision if left untreated.  

During your regular eye test the optometrist will look out for telltale signs of Glaucoma, which can often be symptomless. With early diagnosis and continued management of the condition, most people with Glaucoma will retain useful eyesight for life and find that it has very little impact on their lifestyle. 

Worried about Glaucoma or due an eye test? Book a free eye test with Tesco Opticians here

You can find out more about what Glaucoma is in our previous blog for World Glaucoma Week: What is Glaucoma? 

Prescribed medications

Receiving a diagnosis of Glaucoma can feel scary, but in most cases the condition can be managed quite simply with the regular application of eye drops. The condition is not something that can be cured so it is extremely important to remember that the drops are a lifelong treatment and should be taken regularly as directed by your healthcare advisor.

Make sure your doctor is aware of any other medications that you take so that they can make sure that none of your prescriptions are going to interfere with each other.

Tips for putting in eye drops

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Eye drops are prescribed to reduce the amount of pressure in the eye. Managing the pressure will help to prevent your sight from becoming damaged.

If you’re not used to putting eye drops in then it may take you a few attempts the first time, but it will quickly become a lot easier.

Follow these 6 simple steps to correctly put in eye drops.

  1. Always wash hands thoroughly before putting in your drops.
  2. It may help to lie down at first if you’re not used to putting eye drops in.
  3. Don’t let the dropper touch your eye.
  4. Gently pull down the lower eyelid and place the drop in the pocket of your lower lid.
  5. Close your eye and gently press the inner corner of your eye for several minutes to stop the drop from draining into the tear duct.
  6. If putting in more than one type of eye drop wait at least 5 minutes between each type of drop or the second one may wash out the first one out.


Please note – If you usually wear contact lenses let your doctor know. You may need to adjust your wearing schedule to prevent the medication building up on your lenses. 

Create a routine

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It’s important to take your medication regularly as directed by your healthcare advisor. Try to create a routine around taking your medication so that you don’t forget. At first it might help to set alarms or reminders on your phone until you’ve got used to your new routine.

Attend all appointments and look out for any changes in symptoms

You will need to attend regular check-ups to ensure that you are responding well to treatment and that your treatment remains effective. At first you will need to attend appointments quite regularly, then providing that your condition stabilises your visits will become less frequent. Make sure that you never skip an appointment. Be extra vigilant at reporting any changes in your symptoms to your healthcare advisor as soon as you notice them so that your treatment can be adjusted accordingly to prevent any potential loss of sight.

Pack extra medication

If you’re going away on holiday, make sure you pack extra medication just in case you lose or misplace any whilst you’re away, or in case your trip is extended unexpectedly.

Keep your eyes clean

Try to keep your eyes clean and free of irritants by avoiding rubbing your eyes. If you use cosmetics switch to hypoallergenic brands and try not to apply too close to your eyes. 

Check how your drops should be stored

Some eye drops are fine kept at room temperature, whilst others may need to be kept in the fridge.  

Lead a healthy lifestyle


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Take a holistic approach to managing your Glaucoma by taking great care of your whole body, not just your eyes. Eat a healthy and varied diet, exercise regularly and get enough sleep. 

Further treatment options

If the eye drops and medicines aren’t working then your doctor may refer you for laser treatment or surgery to control the Glaucoma. Laser treatment is usually relatively quick and painless.

The majority of people with glaucoma will never need surgery. Conventional surgery may be recommended if neither eye drops or laser treatment are successful at lowering the pressure in the eye. 

If you’re worried about Glaucoma or are due an eye test, please book a free eye test at your local Tesco Opticians store. 

You can find out more about what Glaucoma is in our previous blog for World Glaucoma Week: What is Glaucoma?

To find out about the IGA’s Glaucoma telephone helpline and local Glaucoma support groups please visit their website here:


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