Glaucoma affects the optic nerve within the eye. Over time, pressure in the eye can damage the optic nerve and lead to vision loss and possible loss of sight. Early detection, regular eye doctor visits, and treatments can protect your vision. It’s estimated that 2.7 million men and women have glaucoma. People over the age of 60 have a higher risk of developing glaucoma.
Your dad was diagnosed with glaucoma. He’s doing all he can to keep his vision from declining. He uses his eye drops to control the pressure in the eye. Scientific research is also making advancements. Here are some of the things that might help your dad’s glaucoma.
Contact Lenses Can Help With Glaucoma.
The University of Liverpool just finished a study of glaucoma patients from an interesting angle. Researchers developed a contact lens that is able to measure the fluid pressure within the eye for a full 24 hours. The contact lenses transfer the information to a device at the medical office. The lenses were comfortable. Test subjects reportedly felt little to no discomfort while wearing these lenses.
A New Daily Prescription Medication.
The FDA agreed to meet with Aerie Pharmaceuticals on October 13. The meeting was to discuss Netarsudil, an eye drop that lowers intraocular pressure. The drops only need to be used once a day. The FDA looked at the current eye drops that need to be applied twice daily. While Netarsudil had some side effects, they were manageable. As the eye drops are unique in the once-a-day application, the FDA opted to back the new prescription medication.
Optical Coherence Tomography Angiography (OCTA)
In October, Ophthalmology Times released a report about a new scan that is non-invasive and accurately measures blood flow within the eye. Dr. Vikas Chopra goes on to discuss how the blood flow to the retina declines as glaucoma becomes more severe. Using the OCTA scan, it’s possible to get accurate measurements of the blood flow. With this technology, glaucoma can be detected earlier.
Once your dad’s vision is affected, he’ll need someone to drive him to stores, appointments, and social events. If you can’t take days off to chauffeur him around, you’ll need other options.
Public transportation may be possible if he lives on a bus route. If not, look into elder care services that cover transportation for seniors. Call an elder care agency to learn more about making sure your dad has a ride when he needs one.
If you have a loved one who could benefit from elder care in Danville, CA, contact the caregivers at A Better Living Home Care Agency. We help seniors and their families with many levels of home care. Call 925-566-2366 for more information.