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Last post Mar 22, 2010 10:47 PM by frenchpress . 7 replies.


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  • Question about glaucoma

    My 25 year old DD had an eye doctor appointment this a.m.

    They did the glaucoma test, as they do yearly, and her eye doctor thinks she may have glaucoma. He scheduled another appointment for next Monday, to do further testing. Both her father and I have no symptoms and our recent glaucoma tests were good. My mother had glaucoma, and so did my father-in-law, but both of them were in their 60's.

    The age thing has me worried. Any information would be helpful. Thanks!

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    My husband was diagnosed with it in his late thirties and has been using the drops with great success. He is 63 yrs old now. He did go through laser surgery which was suppose to help him but it didn't. No one else in his family has had it. 

     My Father had it and did well on the drops. If your daughter does have it, she needs to use the drops or whatever her dr. orders and keep regular check ups to keep the pressure at a good number.

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    She'll just have to see what the dr. test results show.  No one in my family has glaucoma but 4 of us look like suspects for the disease.  I've been undergoing special tests for the last 30+ years...so far, I haven't been diagnosed but I look like I have it.  I've been seeing a glaucoma specialist for the last 4 years...initially he was seeing me every 6 months....now it'll be a year between visits.  My father, brother, nephew & I all look like glaucoma patients but we're not (at least not yet).  So, just follow up with apt. & have the eye pressure tested at different times of the day....usually they want to see you in the morning but I've gone back in the afternoon to see if the reading is any different.  Also, a specialist will have some tests & equipment that the average eye dr. doesn't use. 

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    I was diagnosed with glaucoma 4 and a half years ago, and it is under control due to the eye drops.  I am 71.  I'm curious, Lynn about people looking like they have it.  I did'nt know you could tell by looking at someone's eyes. 

     

    I go to my eye doctor around 3 times a year.  I started going about 4 times a year.  My eye pressure has been okay ever since I got on the eye drops,  but I am afraid all the time, that I might need that lasar surjury mentioned earlier.  I'm scared every time I go to an appointment, and one is scheduled for next month.  Wish me luck that it is still doing okay with the drops.

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  • Re: Question about glaucoma

     What kind of a doctor is she going to?  If the diagnosis was made by an optician (doctor of optometry who does eye tests along with testing for glasses) she needs to go to an opthalmologist (an MD with another 4 years of training in all things pertaining to eyes plus surgery of the eye). The opthalmologist will be a specialist and I would certainly recommend her seeing one for a second opinion and treatment.

     

    My mother had glaucoma (and did very well on eye drops) and my siblings and I have a greater chance of having it but so far, we're all OK.  Good luck to her and keep us posted.

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    definitely see an opthalmologist.  I have been testing high on my pressure tests, and go in every 6 months for testing.  My doctor has done several scans of the nerves and blood vessels, which are a much better indicator than just pressure.  So far everything looks good and I am not on drops yet, but we are watching very closely to catch changes early.  The tests are really just a baseline at this point.  By comparing from visit to visit, he can see any changes that may occur and prescribe meds.

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    mapanda - I have mis-matched optic nerves.  Actually my eye pressure was low & the glaucoma specialist said there's a low-pressure glaucoma & you don't have to have high pressure.  My dad was diagnosed in his 40's with it, claimed the drops blurred his vision & threw them away & died at age 79 with no vision problems - he did use drugstore glasses to read.  So, I'm assuming he never had it.  My DB has also been sent to a specialist to have more tests....he saw 2 different specialists over the last couple of years & they said he doesn't have it.  His son, in his 20's, was also referred to a specialist....again, doesn't have it.  My glaucoma specialist's assistant said I would always be suspected of having the disease.  I was in my 30's when I had the 1st set of special tests...now that I'm in my 60's I'm really on the dr's radar.  If you met me, you wouldn't think I have 'odd' eyes...it's only eye drs. that notice something's not right.  When I was in my 20's, DH was in the army & I went for an eye exam....that eye dr. went across the hall to get another eye dr. to 'look at this' & they both examined my eyes & then told me everything was fine.

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    Hi freddie.  I was diagnosed with glaucoma a few years ago in my mid-thirties.  I have to take eye drops everyday and visit the eye doctor 3 times a year.  For the first few years it was 4 times a year, but now that they have a good idea of what's going on (and a couple of baseline tests to compare with each year), 3 times is enough. 

    Lots of testing, need the drops for the rest of my life, but my dh (he's a doctor) says as long as I take them it should keep it under control.  Yes, I do see an MD for eyes...especially with having this problem.  Best wishes to you and dd - it did upset me but I soon raelized there are worse things. 

     

     

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