In recognition of January being National Glaucoma Awareness Month I felt the need to share some facts and information about glaucoma.
It’s important to understand what Glaucoma actually is:
According to The American Academy of Ophthalmology for many years it was believed that glaucoma was defined as a pressure within the eye that was higher than normal pressures found among the common population. However, The American Academy of Ophthalmology now defines glaucoma as “a group of diseases with certain features including an intraocular pressure that is too high for the continued health of the eye.” (glaucoma.org)
The most common types of glaucoma include:
- Primary Open-Angle Glaucoma (hereditary)
- Angle-Closure Glaucoma
- Normal-Tension Glaucoma
Hereditary glaucoma remains the most common form diagnosed. Primary open angle glaucoma affects nearly 3 million Americans
(according to the National Eye Institute) and generally responds well to medication/treatment, especially when diagnosed early. The picture to the right shows what it’s like to view the world through the eyes of someone who has glaucoma.
How Can Live Your Life Physical Therapy Help?
Many may wonder how physical therapy could help with instances of glaucoma and/or vision loss. There are a number of ways one of our trained experts can help those experiencing vision loss due to glaucoma or any other disease.
1. Educate – Live Your Life Physical Therapy prides itself by being knowledgeable and informative about many diseases. We will take the time to educate you about the disease and provide information regarding how to handle the disease. We can also provide other resources that may be helpful to you. Being informed is the best weapon when fighting any problem. We can even provide a presentation to your group at a location of your choice, including assisted living facilties, nursing homes, and senior centers.
2. Assistive Devices – It is often recommended that assistive devices be used to help one perform everyday tasks. Live Your Life Therapy can help you learn how to use these devices in order to make your life easier.
3. Home Modifications – One of our skilled therapists will come into your home and assist with listing various modifications you can make in the home. From the simple things such as adding lighting or changing out lighting and furniture placement to adding special handrails and more; we can help make your home less dangerous and more advantageous to being able to see as well as possible.
4. Adaptation Devices – Live Your Life Physical Therapy can help you recognize certain adaptation devices that may help you with certain tasks. Devices such as voice recognition programs for the computer, video books, and magnifiers are just a few of the items available to help make vision loss a little easier.
While most people may not realize it, physical therapists are movement experts that help individuals with any diagnosis. At Live Your Life Physical Therapy we make your health our priority and that includes all aspects of life. We want you to be able to Live Your Life Healthy & Safe.
Dedicated to Keeping You Healthy & Active,
Dr. Eva Norman
President & Founder
Doctor of Physical Therapy
Live Your Live Physical Therapy, LLC