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Glaucoma? Trying not to freak out
« on: August 18, 2014, 04:55:27 PM »
I went into my eye exam fearing a tumor but instead I found out that I might be at risk for glaucoma!! My eye pressure was normal but apparently my optic nerve looks "different". I was told it could either be something that is normal for me and that I was born with or it could indicate glaucoma. I'm seeing a specialist in 2 months and I was told it isn't something I should worry about at the moment but my anxiety isn't going to allow me to just not worry about it  :sick0002:

Does anyone have experience with this? I don't have a family history of glaucoma and I'm only 19 so I'm hoping that's a good sign. I'm trying to stay off google as much as possible in order to prevent this from taking over my life.
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Re: Glaucoma? Trying not to freak out
« Reply #1 on: August 18, 2014, 05:29:11 PM »
It's most likely nothing I would say. Some eye issues run in my family. Glaucoma being one of them hit I've never seen a specialist. I am also at risk for eye cancer which terrifies me sometimes ha. Most eye problems skip a generation. But if you have no family history I really wouldn't worry.
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Re: Glaucoma? Trying not to freak out
« Reply #2 on: August 18, 2014, 06:38:48 PM »
It's not just family history either, I pretty much have no risk factors for it, which should put my mind at ease but somehow makes me more worried.

Losing my sight is one of my biggest fears so I can't imagine actually getting glaucoma and having to spend the rest of my life knowing it could possibly happen. I hope this ends up being nothing but I have a bad feeling about it.
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Re: Glaucoma? Trying not to freak out
« Reply #3 on: August 18, 2014, 07:08:01 PM »
Is it only in one eye theres a problem?
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Re: Glaucoma? Trying not to freak out
« Reply #4 on: August 18, 2014, 10:08:31 PM »
I'm not sure, my ophthalmologist didn't say
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Re: Glaucoma? Trying not to freak out
« Reply #5 on: August 19, 2014, 03:41:20 AM »
Hi

You really shouldn't worry. Even if you do have it, it's not the end of the world if they catch it early.

I am 26 with absolutely no risk factors and I have ocular hypertension. So pre-glaucoma really. BUT. They caught my vision before there was any damage. So now I just use drops every dy to keep the pressure under control.

It really isn't so bad. The drops have the side effect of actually giving you longer thicker eye lashes.

My ophthalmologist told me that in younger people it's so much better to catch these things early because treatment works SO well.

Even If you do have some damage - you can pretty much rest assured that with monitoring and treatment it won't get much worse.

Having said that though. I doubt you have it. It took more than an eye exam to get the diagnosis on my eyes. So I'm sure when you see your eye doctor they will run all the tests they need to make sure your eyes are healthy.

My opthamologist is only in his early 40s and he has the same problem with his eyes that I do. So I absolutely trust what he says because he is speaking as a doctor AND from personal experience :)

I hope this helps
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Re: Glaucoma? Trying not to freak out
« Reply #6 on: August 19, 2014, 06:53:44 AM »
Something very similar happened to me. About 15 or so years ago I went for an eye exam and the doctor told me I had a "huge" optic nerve cup, which I was either born with or was a sign of glaucoma. They took a photo of my optic nerve (both eyes) - this was back in the day where I had to go to a special eye lab and then wait a month (!!!) for the results. As it turns out, this was something I was born with - my eye pressure is borderline so I am checked every 9 months, but so far, so good.
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Re: Glaucoma? Trying not to freak out
« Reply #7 on: August 19, 2014, 09:04:48 AM »
There is no need to worry about glaucoma. Now they know you have it you will be monitered, and probably treated with daily eye drops.  It is not a life threatening condition.
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Re: Glaucoma? Trying not to freak out
« Reply #8 on: August 19, 2014, 02:16:37 PM »
Thanks everyone, it's good to know others have experience with this. I didn't even know what glaucoma was until a few months ago and even then I never thought I'd be worrying about it this much lol. I have to wait a couple of months to get more answers and I'm hoping it goes well.
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