Discharge And Home Healthcare Guidelines

To prevent increased IOP, teach the patient to avoid the following: bending at the waist, lifting heavy objects, coughing, vomiting, and straining to have a bowel movement. Note that following the medication schedule and routinely seeing the eye doctor can prevent further visual loss. Glaucoma requires strict, consistent treatment to prevent blindness.

Validate the patient's understanding of all medications, including dosage, route, action, and side effects. Be sure the patient has the dexterity to instill eyedrops correctly. Suggest a daily calendar log to record medication use. Written guidelines may be helpful. Review the date and time of the return visit to the eye surgeon after surgery. Instruct the patient to wear an eye shield over the operated eye at night and eyeglasses during the day to prevent accidental injury. Explain the need for the patient to call the eye doctor right away if any of the following symptoms occurs: pain in the eye, shortness of breath, nausea or vomiting, loss of vision, nonreac-tive pupils, reddened sclera, bleeding, discharge, or tingling in the hands or feet. Visiting nurses for home healthcare or social services can assist with rehabilitation or finances. Refer the patient to a web resource from the Glaucoma Research Foundation on living with glaucoma: http://www.glaucoma.org/

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