Nursing Interventions for Glaucoma
October 8, 2010 | In: Nursing Interventions
Nursing Interventions: Glaucoma
- Remember to administer cycloplegic eyedrops in the affected eye only. In the affected eye, these drops may precipitate an attack of angle-closure glaucoma and threaten the patient’s residual vision.
- After trabeculectomy, give medications as ordered to dilate pupila.
- Apply topical corticostroids as ordered to rest the pupil.
- After surgery, protect the affected eye by applying an eye patch and eye shield.
- Position the patient on his back or unaffected side, and following general safety measures.
- Administer pain medications as ordered.
- Encourage ambulation immediately after surgery.
- Encourage the patient to express his concerns related to having a chronic condition.
- Monitor the patient’s ability to see clearly. Question the patient regularly about the occurrence of visual changes.
- Monitor the patient’s intra-occular pressures.
- Stress the importance of meticulous compliance with prescribed drug therapy.
- Instruct the patient’s family how to modify the patient’s environment for safety.
- Teach the patient the signs and symptoms that require immediate medical attention, such as sudden vision change or eye pain.