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10 Tips to Lower the Risk of Glaucoma on World Glaucoma Day 2024

10 Tips to Lower the Risk of Glaucoma on World Glaucoma Day 2024

March 12th marks World Glaucoma Day, illuminating a silent threat to global vision health. Glaucoma, a group of eye conditions that damage the optic nerve, often progresses unnoticed until irreversible damage occurs. Dr. Sameer Kaushal, Head of Ophthalmology at Artemis Hospital Gurugram, underscores the urgency of awareness and proactive measures to protect vision.

1. Regular Eye Evaluations: Scheduling biennial eye check-ups with an eye care professional is paramount. Early detection allows for timely intervention to preserve vision and prevent irreversible damage to the optic nerve.

2. Know Your Family History: Understanding familial glaucoma history aids in assessing individual risk. Informing your eye doctor facilitates tailored preventive measures and screening recommendations.

3. Monitor Intraocular Pressure (IOP): Elevated intraocular pressure is a significant glaucoma risk factor. Routine monitoring aids in identifying heightened pressure levels early, enabling prompt intervention to prevent optic nerve damage.

4. Maintain a Healthy Lifestyle: Adopting a healthy lifestyle supports overall eye health and reduces glaucoma risk. A balanced diet, regular exercise, and maintaining a healthy weight are pivotal.

5. Protect Your Eyes from UV Radiation: Prolonged UV exposure poses risks to ocular health. Wearing sunglasses blocking 100% of UVA and UVB rays is imperative outdoors to shield against harmful UV exposure.

6. Quit Smoking: Smoking heightens the risk of various eye diseases, including glaucoma. Smoking cessation reduces this risk and safeguards vision. Seek support from healthcare professionals or cessation programs for successful quitting.

7. Limit Alcohol Consumption: Excessive alcohol consumption may escalate glaucoma risk. Moderating alcohol intake or abstaining altogether protects the eyes and diminishes the likelihood of eye conditions.

8. Manage Chronic Conditions: Conditions like diabetes and hypertension heighten glaucoma risk. Proper management via regular medical check-ups, medication adherence, and lifestyle adjustments mitigates their impact on eye health.

9. Practice Proper Eye Hygiene: Maintaining proper eye hygiene, such as regular handwashing and adhering to contact lens care guidelines, prevents infections and reduces the risk of complications affecting vision.

10. Stay Informed and Advocate for Eye Health: Raising awareness about regular eye check-ups, early detection, and treatment of eye conditions is crucial. Participating in community events and supporting advocacy efforts promotes eye health and prevents vision loss.

Incorporating these strategies into daily life empowers individuals to take proactive steps in safeguarding vision. Prioritizing eye health benefits not only oneself but also those around them. As Dr. Sameer Kaushal emphasizes, prioritizing eye health is essential for maintaining healthy vision and preventing eye problems in the long run.

According to the National Center for Biotechnology Information (NCBI), the number of people with glaucoma was estimated to reach 76 million in 2020 and is projected to rise to 111.8 million by 2040. In the United States, over 3 million people have glaucoma. In India, an estimated 12 million people have glaucoma, with the majority remaining undiagnosed.

To ensure optimal eye health and address any concerns, consult with an eye specialist in Gurgaon. Take the first step towards preserving your vision by scheduling an appointment today.

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By adopting these tips and seeking professional guidance, individuals can prioritize their eye health and reduce the risk of developing glaucoma. Let's unite in safeguarding our vision for a brighter, clearer future.

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