THE GLAUCOMA GUIDEBOOK
THE GLAUCOMA GUIDEBOOK
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The Glaucoma Guidebook
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BE PROACTIVE, TAKE ACTION and FIGHT against GLAUCOMA!
The information in this book will help you explore how to move you away from the feeling of being stuck, worried and confused to actively taking strides in the direction of feeling satisfied that you are doing all you can to maintain your precious gift of sight— even if you have no idea where to start in understanding glaucoma or have some knowledge but want to know how to be more proactive.
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An easy-to-read yet thorough guide to understanding and managing glaucoma and taking care of your vision.
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Let's break it down
In these pages you will get your most common questions answered in simple terms. You will learn what glaucoma is, what it looks like, who is at risk, the types, how it is diagnosed, the treatments, and recommendations on eye exams, so that you can feel empowered with easy to understand foundational knowledge that will help you communicate well, or even better with your doctor, and make you feel more in control.
In these pages you will find Dr. Okeke's 12 essential tips of advice that she has gathered over the last 20 + years that will provide a pathway of action steps to prevent blindness. These are the must-know, often not told, pieces of information that can help you to become your best advocate and protect your precious sight.
In these pages you will find the stories of 5 actual glaucoma patients who discuss their challenges, triumphs and words of wisdom gathered on their glaucoma journey so that you the reader can feel encouraged, normalized, and motivated to live your best life in spite of glaucoma.
Finding credible resources to take deeper dives in understanding glaucoma or finding more support can be challenging and frustrating. In these pages find help on how to put eye drops in correctly, how to be a great caregiver, how to find a glaucoma specialist and how to find even more resources that have been vetted for you.
Using concise, readable language, Dr. Okeke takes a complex topic and makes it clear and relevant to people with glaucoma. It is so important for people to take ownership of their disease and a full understanding is key. As Dr. Okeke says, knowledge is power, and the glaucoma guidebook provides that knowledge brilliantly!
Dr. Okeke provides a path for a better understanding of glaucoma enabling patients to have a positive perspective of their disease. This backgrounds enables patients. They now have the ability to better discuss their disease with their eye care providers. With this, patients can maximize their chance of maintaining vision and living with their disease.”
I love this book! It feels like you are having a conversation with the warm and caring glaucoma specialist that Dr. Okeke is. The Glaucoma Guidebook covers the important facts and provides practical strategies that glaucoma patients need."
QUICK QUESTION (THAT MIGHT HAVE A SURPRISING ANSWER…)
If that truth makes you pause with some confusion because you feel a bit helpless when it comes to your eyes and glaucoma and you don’t really understand a lot of what’s going on. Well… you’re not alone.
Most glaucoma patients believe their glaucoma journey is controlled only by doctors— the ones who studied in school for years to learn about the numerous treatments for it.
But most patients are getting that wrong...
But did you know… a significant part of glaucoma care lies in the hands of the patient.
You might find that hard to believe, but all it really takes is a basic understanding of the glaucoma disease, some solid expert advice, and some encouraging words of support to let you know you can do this in a step-by-step path.
You can TAKE CHARGE.
Reading The Glaucoma Guidebook is your pathway to empowerment for those who are recently diagnosed to those who have been on their glaucoma journey for many years.
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We know that glaucoma treatment of lowering the eye pressure can significantly slow down the worsening of optic nerve damage and vision loss.
Did you know that about 50% of those with glaucoma are not aware they have the disease?
Under-treatment can occur if the risk of worsening is underestimated by the eye care provider.
They have not been treated adequately. Under-treatment can occur because of treatment delay. When glaucoma is discovered at a late stage it becomes more difficult to treat.
They have not followed the treatment regimen adequately.
Many patients do not adhere to their glaucoma treatment regimen, which results in failure to reach their target eye pressure and then potential permanent vision loss occurs.
The Glaucoma Guidebook is an easy-to-read yet thorough guide to understanding and managing glaucoma and taking care of your vision.
In the book, Dr. Constance Okeke, an Ivy League trained, board certified ophthalmologist who has treated tens of thousands of glaucoma patients, takes you through the perfected conversations and analogies she’s used educating about glaucoma and reveals her best advice that she wishes every glaucoma patient would know about so that they can become their best advocate.
As you turn the pages, you will find all the resources and strategies necessary to step into your power as an educated glaucoma patient (even if you have ZERO knowledge!), including:
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“Dr. Okeke’s book is a wonderful resource for communities impacted by glaucoma.
It provides patients the educational information necessary to take an active role in their care, effective strategies for working with their doctor, and a wonderful keeping it real section where you can learn from other patients.”
"Upon the initial diagnosis of glaucoma this book should be simply handed to the patient."
Dr. Constance Okeke is absolutely on point with the delivery of thorough, accurate information. The book not only provides an in depth, clear explanation of each phase of the advancement of this disease, it details the origin and causes. With easy to identify photography, graphs and illustrations the information given is well defined and precise. It allows the reader to assess and understand not only the “why’s “ of this disease but the options that are available. Having these important tools will give the patient a foundation of knowledge to begin an informed conversation with their glaucoma specialist.
"This book is a must have, must read not only for the patient, but those that accompany them along this path."
I highly recommend this book as it is an easy read and simply chock-full of information and patient experiences. Dr. Okeke breaks down an expansive amount of content into palatable bites. These bites are pure gold that give the patient a firm, realistic understanding of the
lifelong journey that comes with the diagnosis of glaucoma. Being informed is the first step toward accepting and living a full life with this disease. Having “The Glaucoma Guidebook” in hand will ensure an understanding to taking those steps, one step at a time, one day at a time as advances in the understanding of this disease continue.
How Does This Sound?
Your eyes are precious to you, and you want to make every effort to know what you can do to protect your sight.
You’d like to feel like you can ask a question because you have enough understanding to know what to ask.
You want to feel that after you ask the right questions to your doctor, you are able to follow and understand the answers.
You want to know what to expect so that you can do your part to keep up with what you need to do.
You’d like to know best practices to have the most ideal doctor patient relationship that you can.
You want to know what you should be doing if something doesn’t feel quite right.
You want to have some control in your glaucoma journey instead of leaving it all up to someone else.
“If I had only known…”
Too often in my career I have heard these words from glaucoma patients sitting in my chair looking at me with disbelief as I explain to them the gravity of their glaucoma condition.
“Why didn’t someone explain my condition like this before?”
This is a phrase I’ve also heard way too often, which as a patient advocate, always gives me a deep feeling of empathy because inside I am also asking “why?” So I decided to do something about it.
As a glaucoma specialist, I have words of advice that I’d like to give to every glaucoma patient—words of advice that I’ve gathered over the years and feel that each patient should know to better take control of their disease.
The unfortunate reality is that I’m only one person and I don’t have enough time to give each of my patients all of those words of advice. Which is why I embarked on a journey to write this book.
In these pages I’ve written a pathway to empowerment for glaucoma patients. Knowledge is power and when you have basic foundations of understanding, keen expert advice that is action oriented, coupled with supportive words of encouragement by others who are on your similar journey, that equals a formula that can help you to take charge and have an active role in protecting your precious sight!
In addition to gaining confidence through knowledge, by purchasing this book, you have joined the fight against glaucoma blindness.
Your efforts are helping two great organizations that I am donating some of the proceeds of my book to The Glaucoma Research Foundation and The American Glaucoma Society (AGS) Cares Program, which are non-profit organizations working toward a glaucoma cure and active surgical treatment for those with financial hardships.
Blessings to your success,
Constance Okeke, MD, MSCE
About the author
She received her undergraduate and medical degrees from Yale University and trained in ophthalmology at the Wilmer Eye Institute of Johns Hopkins University. She completed her glaucoma fellowship training as a coveted Heed Research Fellow at the Bascom Palmer Eye Institute of the University of Miami, and then went on to earn a Master’s of Science in Clinical Epidemiology at the University of Pennsylvania.
Dr. Okeke has practiced ophthalmology, with a specialty in glaucoma and cataract surgery, for more than 20 years. She has received numerous awards and honors, including the prestigious recognition of being voted by her peers to The Ophthalmologist’s global top 100 female Power List for 2021 and global top 100 combined male and female Power List for 2022. Currently she is an assistant professor of ophthalmology at Eastern Virginia Medical School and the lead glaucoma specialist at CVP—Virginia Eye Consultants in Norfolk, Virginia. In addition to teaching, she sits on the editorial advisory board of the journals Glaucoma Today, Collaborative Eye, and Glaucoma Physician. Dr. Okeke also has two educational YouTube channels that feature glaucoma surgical techniques: iGlaucoma, which is geared towards eye care professionals, and iGlaucomaPatient, which is aimed at patient education and support.
As part of her efforts to educate doctors in emerging techniques in the area of minimally invasive glaucoma surgery (MIGS), she wrote her first book,
The Building Blocks of Trabectome Surgery: Patient Selection. Dr. Okeke is a leading expert, pioneer, and trainer in the area of MIGS on national and international levels.
Dr. Okeke makes her home in Hampton Roads, Virginia, with her loving husband and three children.
For more information about Dr. Okeke and her work, visit her website at www.DrConstanceOkeke.com.
“Vision with action makes a powerful reality.”
— Ron Kaufman