Glaucoma leads to a variety of health complications with the most severe involving loss of vision. If you are caring for a loved one who suffers from glaucoma eye disease, it is important to understand not only what may occur in a typical response to this eye disorder, but also what issues may arise when sinus headaches develop.
In older adults with glaucoma eye disease, sinus headache pain can be worse than typically experienced by healthy adults. Because glaucoma is attributed to an abnormal eye pressure in the orbital of the eye, any added pressure to the sinuses can lead to further health complications and pain complications. It is for this reason that older adults with glaucoma eye disease be evaluated immediately when sinus headaches begin.
While a sinus infection home remedy is commonly used in treating sinus headache pain, most older adults with glaucoma will not experience relief from headache pain fast enough to warrant such use. In addition, because glaucoma eye disease requires a combination of oral medications and eye drops, the use of home remedies and over-the-counter sinus infection treatments should be avoided.
If you are caring for an older adult who has sinus headache pain, be sure to consult with a doctor who understands not only the impact of sinus headaches on overall health, but also how this pain, pressure, and treatment can impact the glaucoma eye disease. In many cases, an ophthalmologist will need to be consulted as well. Without proper intervention, not only will sinus headaches be worsened, but there is also a potential risk for exacerbating glaucoma eye pressure and adversely affects the treatment of glaucoma complications.
While not all sinus infection complications affect glaucoma treatment, most older adults will suffer greater headache pain in response to the glaucoma co-morbidities. Because of this pain, glaucoma treatment may need to be modified until such time as the sinus infection, and sinus pain, is resolved. To ensure your loved one gets the best possible care, be sure to consult with a team of doctors who specialize in this level of healthcare for older adults.
Sources: The Handy Guide to Treating Sinusitis, by Rebecca Longe