Work with an orientation and mobility specialist to learn to use a long white cane if you are having problems detecting curbs, crossing the street, or finding your way in poor lighting or unfamiliar surroundings. Independent travel is possible with training and persistence.
Because glaucoma affects your peripheral (or side) vision, remember to scan your environment to make sure you are not missing things. The brain often fills in blind spots in the visual field, which can make it difficult to be aware of the extent of your vision loss.
It is important to identify the boundaries of your visual field loss and learn to locate objects in your environment more easily. One helpful technique is to place a contrasting-colored strip of tape or a sticker on the left and right side of each doorway or cupboard to help you find the edges.
Consistency and organization are helpful principles for many people with glaucoma and other types of vision loss. Leave things in the same place so you can find them again, and tell your family members to do the same.
If reading print is difficult for you, use a small digital recorder to keep track of your appointments and medications.
Talk to your family about what you are experiencing and how they can help you. Remember, you are ultimately responsible for managing your glaucoma and making sure that you adhere to your doctor’s advice and medical regimen. Ask questions and solicit help when you need it.
Managing Your Glaucoma Medications
It is extremely important that you adhere to your glaucoma medication regimen. Here are some tips to make it easier for you:
Keep your glaucoma medications in the same place at all times so that you can find them easily.