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Post: #1   PostPosted: Tue Mar 31, 2009 6:38 pm Reply with quote
chubbycheeks
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Went to the Opticians today. I have worn specs since childhood.

In more recent years, due to my late father being a sufferer, I have been having the tests for the signs of Glaucoma. When we first moved to Cyprus I made sure the Optician I attended would do the checks.

The test today showed raised pressure. I'm to pop in again next week to have it done again. It may be nothing to worry about & I'm going to try not to think about it until the second test - but...................well you know what its like............I used to watch dad putting drops in his eyes three times a day, listen to him complain about having to go into London on the trains for his appointments with the specialist every six months.............and despite it being easy to manage if caught, I always hoped that I never inherit the disease.

I decided many years ago that my sight is the one sense I couldn't do without. I love looking at the world too much. I've always been for regular check-ups, never balked at the price of new glasses.

As I said......it may be nothing. I'll go back next week & everything will be fine. I'll keep you posted.

Ruth
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Post: #2   PostPosted: Tue Mar 31, 2009 11:33 pm Reply with quote
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Hi Ruth,

Stay positive - it may well be nothing as yet and so will keep my fingers
crossed for you.

Keep us updated.

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Post: #3   PostPosted: Wed Apr 01, 2009 6:08 am Reply with quote
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Hi Ruth,
I'm in the same boat as you. My mum suffers from it and I am border line. Really don't want to use the drops at the moment. I did go and have a further test in Nicosia last year to see if there was any damage at the back of the eye.
I am looking into some natural drops but can only get them from Jamaica and having a lot of trouble getting them, so may have to start using the ones here. Mind you a holiday in Jamaica sounds good, lol.
It depends what your pressure is as to whether you need to start the drops.
Good luck
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Post: #4   PostPosted: Wed Apr 01, 2009 6:58 am Reply with quote
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Hi Ruth

My mother suffered from glaucoma for many years and I was advised to get my eyes tested every year, which I do when we visit the UK. She had to use drops, Timoptol I think they were called.

One of my cousins has it as well - he had laser treatment and doesn't have to use drops.

As for a natural treatment - cannabis! It lowers pressure in the eye (but I doubt you'll be able to get it here legally).

Let's hope it's a false alarm and that everything's OK when you go back next week.

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Post: #5   PostPosted: Wed Apr 01, 2009 8:07 am Reply with quote
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Hi Nigel,
Its actually drops called Canasol. Dr Manley West and Dr Albert Lockhart have isolated a chemical from the cannibis plant, the one that reduces pressure in the eyes and this is what the drops are made from.
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Post: #6   PostPosted: Wed Apr 01, 2009 5:17 pm Reply with quote
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Hello Ruth, like you when first diagnosed with glaucoma I was all worried about it. I have been taking the eye drops (one in each eye, morning and night) since the end of 2004. When I get checked now the pressure is good but with the test I take about every 12 - 18 months it shows gradual deteriation. I have type 2 diabetes which was probably the cause of it. There are other treatments if it is too bad, but I would relax at the moment and wait for the next test. Things are not so bad nowadays, and if caught early which I assume yours has, you should not lose your sight. I would suggest that anyone with diabetes (or have it in the family) get their eyes checked for this every year. I go to the eye surgeon in the Lito complex (Dr Andreas Hadjicostis) who also has a surgery in Ormidia.
Good luck with the next test, regards, Jim.

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Post: #7   PostPosted: Wed Apr 01, 2009 6:17 pm Reply with quote
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I see him too Jim. His the one that sent me to Nicosia for the other test. As Jim said catch it early and I am sure you will be fine.
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Post: #8   PostPosted: Wed Apr 01, 2009 7:35 pm Reply with quote
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Hi Nigel - Not wishing to sound rude - Have I missed something somewhere? Laser surgery for glaucoma? Is this new? I've never heard of it before, and, as my sister is a sufferer (I was spared), I'd be very interested to know more. I can't see how laser surgery could change the pressure in the eyeball, and am open to education.

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Post: #9   PostPosted: Thu Apr 02, 2009 10:16 am Reply with quote
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Thanks everyone for your words of support. Trying not to give it too much thought till the next test.

Alex - Yes, laser treatment is available now. I've seen it on the RNIB website (www.rnib.org.uk).

Jim - I have the double wammy - Dad had Glaucoma & mum is diabetic & has undergone 2 lots of eye laser treatment for her failing sight. I try & stay positive but with that family history things could go badly wrong...

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Post: #10   PostPosted: Thu Apr 02, 2009 3:36 pm Reply with quote
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Thanks for the reference to RNIB, Ruth.
Reading the section referring to laser treatment it appears that this is used only for acute glaucoma. As you have a family history this is most unlikely to occur, and is, anyway, an emergency treatment to relieve the pressure, and not, as far as I can make out, any sort of a cure.
Glaucoma was a worry for me, too, as my father suffered, and it seriously affected his life, but only because he ignored the symptoms for years. If you have the condition, GET TREATMENT STARTED ASAP.
As previously stated, my sister inherited it, and uses drops. This has never interfered with her life in any significant way, and she still sews and plays golf, amongst other things. Also, when she recently needed an operation to remove a cataract, ther were no complications. By the way, she's 73!

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Post: #11   PostPosted: Mon Apr 06, 2009 5:52 pm Reply with quote
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Popped back for another pressure check this afternoon. Optician still not happy so suggested I go to the Lito & see Dr Psorras Soteris (sp?).

OH decided we should go sooner rather than later (to save more worry) so went this evening.

Had drops put in my eyes & the pressure test done. They use a scale whereby any result under 18 is normal pressure. My right eye was 20 & the left 19. The Dr is not unduly worried by the results as - until recently - the "normal" limit was anything below 20. They lowered it as some cases were being missed.

He wants to do the test again during the morning as the pressure changes during the day. So I'm going back on Thursday.

The Dr explained that he would be very reluctant to start any treatment unless it was absolutely neccesary & for the time being more frequent tests will be done to keep an eye (pardon the pun) on things.

So, I feel a certain amount of relief this evening. Will see what Thursday brings

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Post: #12   PostPosted: Mon Apr 06, 2009 7:08 pm Reply with quote
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Hi Ruth
Glad the test went OK. I'm sure from that result you won't need to start treatment yet. Good luck for thursday though.

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Post: #13   PostPosted: Thu Apr 09, 2009 12:14 pm Reply with quote
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Went & had my follow up test this morning.
The Dr was rather suprised at the results & did it all twice.
Both eyes pressure levels down by 3 points.
He said it was unusual for the test results to differ by that much but was obviously pleased - as was I Smile

So NO DROPS. Check-ups every 3 months & we'll see what happens.

All I've got to do now is get used to my new specs which is what started all this in the first place...... Shocked

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Post: #14   PostPosted: Thu Apr 09, 2009 1:10 pm Reply with quote
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Fantstic news Ruth. Sure you'll get used to the glasses soon.

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Post: #15   PostPosted: Thu Apr 09, 2009 4:02 pm Reply with quote
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Great news Ruth have a good time with the family
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Post: #16   PostPosted: Sat Apr 11, 2009 4:02 am Reply with quote
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My mother had glaucoma and, since it is often hereditary, annual checks are advised from, I think, the age of 40.

I had other eye problems(detached retina & complications) & at all stages have been told that any eye pressure over 20 (rather than 1Cool shoud be the cause of some disquiet.

Early diagnosis of glaucoma is paramount. It is incurable but can be contained by oclar pressure reducing eye drops e.g. Azopt, Xalatan.
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