If you have an aging family member, you may find yourself acting as a caregiver. This new role as caregiver may include a host of new responsibilities, many of which are unfamiliar or intimidating. Being a caregiver could include arranging schedules, managing insurance issues, assisting with prescription needs or providing transportation.
One especially important task as caregiver is helping your loved one ensure they are taking their medications properly and informing all medical staff of their current prescriptions. When your family member visits the eye doctor, instruct them to inform the doctor of any and all medications they are currently taking. An eye doctor may not be aware of a medication that a general practitioner prescribed.
Prescription and non-prescription drugs can sometimes affect the eyes and vision. Also, whatever medication your family member is taking could interact with any new medications the eye doctor prescribes. Some medications, when taken together, could cause serve complications. Do not count on the pharmacy or your aging family member to relay all this information.
If your family member has glaucoma, there are many medications that interact with glaucoma. Most people are encouraged to refrain from cold, cough and urinary medication (anticholinergics.) Many common medications have package labeling that urges caution in the face of diagnosis of glaucoma. It is crucial as a caregiver you know which medications can be taken together. If you have any questions, be sure to follow up with your eye doctor for clarification.