Episode summary introduction:
I remember us doing a social media post about glaucoma. It was well received and we had requests to do an episode on the topic. There are two main forms of Glaucoma that we’re discussing today, open angle and closed/narrow angle glaucoma.
Open angle glaucoma is the most common type of glaucoma. This form of glaucoma is generally a progressive disease that is symptomless until it affects vision. Peripheral and side vision is affected, leading to central vision loss. Untreated it can cause total vision blindness.
Topic 2: Happens when a person’s iris is very close to the drainage angle in their eye. The iris can end up blocking the drainage angle. This causes fluid to build up and eye pressure rises.
Signs and symptoms of both types of glaucoma discussed along with risk factors associated with glaucoma.
The effects of glaucoma cannot be reversed. But with treatment the progression of the disease can be slowed down or prevent permanent vision loss.
A few nursing considerations are discussed.