be managed with the aid of glasses
It is a condition of the eye that affects the optic nerve, which transmits visual information from the eyes to the brain. If left untreated, glaucoma can lead to blindness.
There are a number of common treatment options for glaucoma, including prescription eye drops and surgical procedures designed to reduce pressure inside the eye that damage the optic nerve.
It is important for everyone to receive regular eye exams because glaucoma usually has no symptoms until there is already vision loss. Treatments for glaucoma can help prevent additional vision loss, but they cannot reverse damage that is already irreversible.
Glaucoma glasses may soon become another tool in the fight against the disease.
Technology used in Glaucoma glasses
There have been recent developments in the development of glaucoma glasses that can help reduce eye pressure without the use of drugs or surgery, and may compensate some degree for peripheral vision loss associated with glaucoma. (Some of these glasses are still in the development stages.)
Reduce eye pressure with Glaucoma glasses
In collaboration with Purdue University, Bionode is developing glaucoma glasses that may offer a non-drug and non-surgical approach to treating glaucoma.
The Bionode glaucoma glasses are accompanied by contact lenses designed with a thin gold coil around the outside edge. The glaucoma glasses create a low-energy current when they are worn together, causing an electromagnetic field to be transmitted wirelessly to the contact lens, thereby regulating drainage of fluid from the eye structure.
As a result of this energy, drainage structures allow more fluid to drain from the eye, which reduces internal pressure within the eye and reduces the risk of optic nerve damage.
In order to evaluate the safety and effectiveness of its glaucoma glasses and contact lenses, the company is currently preparing to conduct a clinical trial.
Compensating for peripheral vision loss with Glaucoma glasses
It is common for those who suffer from peripheral vision loss due to glaucoma to experience difficulties with orientation and mobility. These people are likely to trip over things and bump into people in crowds, which can be extremely dangerous.
In a study conducted at Harvard Medical School by Schepens Eye Research Institute, researchers found that people with peripheral visual field loss, such as those suffering from advanced glaucoma, were able to improve their mobility by more than 15 degrees by wearing glasses with high-power prisms on the peripheral part of the lenses.
In addition to providing a wider visual field to the wearer, these prism-containing glaucoma glasses can also help compensate for the wearer’s reduced field of vision by creating “islands of vision.”
Even though the glaucoma glasses that were developed in the present study have not been commercialized, an eye doctor with a special interest in low vision might be able to provide you with similar prism glasses.
Eyeglasses for Glaucoma: features and benefits
Glaucoma sufferers often experience light sensitivity and glare as a result of their disease.
Later on, we will discuss the importance of key features to look for, but these are a few of the most important:
There are three types of lens tints: brown, amber, and yellow
Protection against ultraviolet radiation (UV)
Digital screens that filter blue light
Contact lenses with polarization
Lenses with a mirror coating
The coating is anti-reflective
It is important to consult a glaucoma specialist in your area to determine which of these features will benefit your vision and comfort in the most appropriate way.
Glaucoma side effects of lens tint
It is possible to block out harsh lights with specific lens tints, both natural and artificial. It is suggested that you use brown, amber, or yellow tints in order to block out light more effectively. You may have to experiment with different shades to determine which shade is most comfortable and efficient for you.
In order to benefit from lens tinting, you do not need to buy a separate pair of glasses. Some lenses are available that can clip directly onto your existing frame. Additionally, some shields can be fitted over your glasses — some of which contain pieces which block light coming from the sides from entering your eyes.
The benefits of tinted lenses include:
The sun or headlights of oncoming traffic can be reduced with them while driving
Activities that take place outdoors
Fluorescent lighting exposure
Digital eye strain may result from working with bright computer screens
It is important for patients with glaucoma to protect their eyes against the harmful ultraviolet (UV) radiation of the sun after receiving treatments for the condition, including medications and surgery.
The best sunglasses for people with glaucoma should block 99% to 100% of UV rays or have a UV absorption range of 400 nanometers, providing full absorption. These are also called UV 400. Ensure that sunglasses have these specifications displayed on their labels or on their online product descriptions.
When shopping for sunglasses, you should look for the following features if you have glaucoma:
With photochromic lenses, you will not have to worry about changing glasses or using clip-ons during outdoor activities because they darken automatically when they are exposed to the sun’s UV rays.
In situations with a high degree of glare, mirror-coated lenses are particularly useful.
When reflected light from smooth surfaces such as water or pavement is reflected, polarized lenses may help reduce glare.
In addition to protecting the peripheral vision of the wearer, wraparound sunglasses also prevent light from entering the eyes from the sides.
Visit an eye doctor if you have noticed any changes in your vision or if it has been a while since your last eye examination.