Living with Glaucoma
Mrs. Longo has glaucoma, an eye disease which can cause vision loss and damage to the optic nerve. Currently, doctors are treating her condition with medication, although she may eventually need surgery. In the meantime, her caregivers have worked to adapt her home to make it safer and easier to function in.
The first change was to the lighting in her home. All the rooms were equipped with overhead lights controlled with a dimmer switch. In the kitchen, under-cabinet lighting was installed. Extra lighting was added to the hallways and stairs including night-lights. To prevent glare from the windows, each window was fitted with blinds and curtains that can be drawn.
To make the bathroom a safer space, grab bars were installed in the shower, and bright tape was placed on the step into the shower. Brightly colored, nonskid rugs were added along with towels of a different color. The use of different and bright colors makes it easier for Mrs. Longo to see what she is doing and what she needs.
Mrs. Longo likes to read, so her family has arranged for large print books to be delivered from the library. In addition, she has a magnifier to help with any other print that is too small. All of her medications are labelled with large print stickers and color-coded for when to take the medicine. When she is watching TV, Mrs. Long sits closer and makes sure that the glare is minimized.