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Offline Gomubukai

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Opthamologist appointment - advice?
« on: January 11, 2014, 06:42:15 PM »
Hi guys

I have another opthamologist appointment on Wednesday and my mind is starting to try to freak me out.

I am 26 and have high occular pressure in both eyes. It was 30 and 32 the first time I went. The second time with medicated eye drops it had gone down to 22 and 24 which is apparently not enough. So they put me on a second set of drops and Wednesday is my follow up appointment.

I'm nervous. I don't know what they will do if the second set of drops hasn't gotten the pressure down to a satisfactory level. They mentioned surgery last time. But I'm not sure if that's the next step?

I can still feel high pressure in one of my eyes so I'm scared it hasn't gone down enough.

And of course my anxiety tells me that I'm going to be blind by 50. 

The appointments are horrendous. Very invasive and expensive and I'm just concerned that the medication isn't working...

Does anyone know anything about this? Apparently I only have high occular pressure at this stage, not glaucoma. But I can't help but be worried. I mean. It's my EYES. :(
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Re: Opthamologist appointment - advice?
« Reply #1 on: January 12, 2014, 04:02:51 PM »
Oh well. I guess no one is that familiar with this?

I will just have to be strong and wait to see what they say.
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Re: Opthamologist appointment - advice?
« Reply #2 on: January 12, 2014, 04:52:44 PM »
I don't have any experience with this but I did just want to say that I am sending well wishes your way. The number is going down and that is a good gin regardless! Please keep us updated.
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Re: Opthamologist appointment - advice?
« Reply #3 on: January 12, 2014, 05:13:50 PM »
To show how little I know, don't even know what my eye pressure is even though I've had cataracts removed.

As M says, it's a very good sign that the numbers are going down. So you are responding well to the medication. Please stay hopeful and optimistic. Good luck for your next visit, do keep us posted.
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Re: Opthamologist appointment - advice?
« Reply #4 on: January 13, 2014, 10:36:05 AM »
I can relate directly.  I was age 25 when I was diagnosed with intraocular hypertension by my regular ophthalmologist.  My numbers were about 25 or 26.  I was sent to Columbia Presbyterian Hospital in NYC to be seen by a specialist and was put through over 4 hours of testing, including the drinking of a gallon of water in an hour to see if the pressures went up (they did not).  I was sent home with the admonition to have my pressures checked quarterly, but I was put on no medicine.  Needless to say, I was convinced I would be blind by age 50.
Fast forward to today and I am now 61 years old and have full vision.  My pressures have gone up to about 27  or 28 and I have them checked annually.  I am on no medicine.
Now, here is the important part.  It was not until about 10 years ago that I found a new ophthalmologist due to a move.  He was the first doctor to measure my corneas and found them to be extremely thick.  The device used to test for intraocular pressures is calibrated for "normal" corneas.  Those with thick corneas register high readings when, in fact, the pressures are normal, since the device does not "correct" for thick corneas.  My sister has the exact same problem and is being followed by a different doctor.  We both have thick corneas and above normal pressure readings, but our eyes are fine. 
So, first, check with your doctor to make sure you do not have thick corneas.  If your corneas are normal, then follow the advice of your doctor.  The good news is that high eye pressures are treatable and do not mean eventual blindness.  Good luck to you.
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Re: Opthamologist appointment - advice?
« Reply #5 on: January 14, 2014, 01:39:29 AM »
Thanks for the replies.

I think my optometrist took a scan of my cornea. She mentioned that they were narurslly quite thin so I'm not sure if thin corneas can give off dodgy readings like thick ones?

I'm still quite nervous, but I'm trying hard not to let it get to me

The appointment is tomorrow... Fingers crossed the reassure has dropped to a level that is satisfactory!! :(
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Re: Opthamologist appointment - advice?
« Reply #6 on: January 14, 2014, 04:22:53 PM »
I hate this... My appointment is in less than four hours and I'm getting nervous.

I know I've used the drops they prescribed me religiously. I couldn't have followed their instructions any closer than I did. So there's nothing more I could have done.

I just have to wait and see if the pressure has dropped.

... The waiting is the worst.
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