For many people, the arrival of summer is synonymous with holidays, hot weather and open-air activities. For patients with glaucoma, the season may bring a variety of challenges and lead to doubts that we hope to resolve in this post.
Glaucoma and sunlight
Ultraviolet light can cause damage to the eyes without the right protection. Light is reflected off surfaces like water or sand and can cause burns in the surface structures of the eye (the conjunctiva and the cornea). When there is exposure over a long period, damage to more internal structures, such as the crystalline lens or the retina, has been described.
The specific case of glaucoma also involves the sensitivity to light and the tendency to be dazzled that these…
Drops are the most common treatment for reducing intraocular pressure (eye pressure) and are often the first therapeutic option when glaucoma is diagnosed. It is the ophthalmologist who will inform us which type of drop we need to apply and how often a day we should do so.
Despite being applied topically –directly into the eye– we should not forget that these drops are medicines and should therefore be used in a specific way (one or more times a day depending on the active ingredient). Nor should we forget that they may have side effects (especially eye irritation, dryness, red eye etc.).
As glaucoma is a chronic illness, drops must be applied for a long time, possibly years. It is most important…