Tuesday, July 12, 2016

Medical Update


I went to the ophthalmologist this morning and got some good news. It took some tinkering around with different medications, but my glaucoma is under control and the pressure in my eyes is back down where it's supposed to be. I'm not crazy about the idea of using eye drops three times a day for the rest of my life, but it's a lot better losing my sight. Evidently the treatment of choice these days for glaucoma is laser surgery, but my doctor has said from the first that I'm not a good candidate for it because my eyes are made a little goofy inside. That's what the technical terms boil down to, anyway. But goofy eyes or not, I can still see, and I'm happy about that.

10 comments:

Bill Crider said...

Glad to hear the good news.

jhegenbe said...

Goofy, huh? Garsh! Here's looking at you, kid!

Charles Gramlich said...

glad everything was treatable. Good news indeed

Keith West said...

I'm glad to hear there's good news. I had the eye drop conversation with my wife about a year ago when she received a similar diagnosis. Told her the same thing you said.

Todd Mason said...

All sympathies...as someone who developed cataracts in my 40s...plastic lenses inside my eyes these days.

Todd Mason said...

Amusing choice of illo...

Richard Moore said...

Great news!

roadgeek said...

My wife developed her glaucoma in her early 20's, with internal eye pressures around 30 to 35 consistently. Drops at night before bedtime control it perfectly. Xalatan, I believe. Good luck to you.

James Reasoner said...

My pressure was never that high but high enough to need treatment. I'm on Timolol twice a day and Travatan Z once at bedtime. So far so good.

Kent Morgan said...

I was diagnosed with glaucoma in my right eye several years ago and had to use drops. Once I had cataract surgery about three years later, the opthamologist said I no longer needed to use drops and glaucoma is no longer even mentioned. Apparently that occasionally happens. After I later had cataract surgery on my left eye, the opthamologist suggested a few months later that laser surgery might improve my sight even more. Guess the 20 or so seconds of laser did help. A different specialist did the cataract surgery. I am thnakful about it all.