Effective self management of your glaucoma is key to keeping your eyes healthy. By getting into a good routine, where you take your eye drops regularly and in the most effective way, you can make a huge difference to keeping your eyes as healthy as possible.
Don’t suffer in silence
Glaucoma and glaucoma medication can cause side effects in some people. These may include red, sore, gritty or watery eyes, a sore stomach, fatigue or a bitter taste in the mouth. Many of these side effects can be reduced medically or by better eye drop technique. If you are experiencing issues with your drops, talk to your doctor or call us on our helpline.
How to use your eye drops
We know that using glaucoma eye drops can be difficult. So, we created a simple guide to help you use eye drops safely and effectively.
a disease which develops suddenly, e.g. angle closure glaucoma.
see primary angle closure glaucoma, or PACG
sticking to something, e.g. putting your eye drops in every day as prescribed
eye drop that reduces the production of fluid in the eye, and may improve the flow of fluid out of the eye.
see argon laser trabeculoplasty
where the angle between the cornea (front of the eye) and iris (coloured part of the eye) closes. The drainage channels sit behind the angle. If the angle closes, the drainage channels are blocked and fluid cannot drain out of the eye, and eye pressure increases.
the front part of the eye that contains the aqueous humour.
a chemical which is applied to the surface of the eye during surgery to reduce scarring. This increases the chances of the surgery being successful. Examples are Mitomycin C and 5-fluorouracil
Aqueous humour, or aqueous fluid, or aqueous: the clear fluid at the front of the eye. It provides nutrients to structures in the eye and helps the eye maintain its shape.
a device inserted in the eye to reduce eye pressure by draining excess fluid from inside the eye to a small blister behind the eyelid.
uses an argon laser to improve drainage of fluid through the drainage channel (trabecular meshwork). It uses a higher-energy laser than selective laser trabeculoplasty, which may increase the chances of scarring developing.
eye drops that treat dry eye disease. Most just wet the eye but some also help the eye to heal.
when the immune system perceives part of the body as being “foreign” and attacks it.
an inherited (genetic) condition. The iris (coloured part of the eye) and the edge of the cornea (clear window of the eye) to develop abnormally. This means the drainage channels are more likely to be closed, meaning fluid cannot drain out of the eye properly, and eye pressure is high.