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I just got diagnosed with glaucoma.

Discussion in 'General Gun Discussions' started by Browns Fan, May 6, 2004.

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  1. Browns Fan

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    Two days ago, I was mowing my lawn and got something in my eye. It was very painful and it persisted until the next day, so I went to the doctor. She couldnt see anything, so she refered me to their eye clinic. The eye doctor said it was an abrasion, but insisted on a full eye exam since its been a couple of yrs since my last one. To make a short story even shorter, the pressure in my eyes are high. This doctor then referred me to the Omthamology (spl?) clinic at the hospital. This doctor diagnosed me as having glaucoma and prescribed meds for it.

    I am grateful to God for this scratch on my eye that revealed a more serious problem.

    A word to the wise... get you eyes checked. Cant shoot (gun related) without them!
     
  2. P95Carry

    P95Carry Moderator Emeritus

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    Browns ... a timely incident it'd seem ... fate was in a sense kind to you. Certainly better discovered now than way later.

    Hope it will prove well controllable. Good luck.

    BTW ... it's ''opthalmology''!:)
     
  3. Templehall

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    BTW btw it's "ophthamology".


    Congrats on a timely diagnosis, Browns.
     
  4. bigjim

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    Hey Dude........ what kinda meds man.....
    Anybody got the munchies?
     
  5. Larry Ashcraft

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    That blows...

    I was diagnosed with glaucoma about 8 years ago. So far, one drop a night of Lumigan has kept it under control. I have to have a laser "procedure" on my right eye next Tuesday because my pressure was at 21 last week, a little higher than the doctor liked. I had the procedure done about 5 years ago (it can be done twice per eye, after that, more drops). Not really painful, but uncomfortable. FYI, glaucoma usually strikes elderly people (80+), to get it in your 40's is unusual.

    I'm sure your doctor explained, but for others reading... There are no symptoms with glaucoma, no pain, nothing... you just go blind. :uhoh:

    I have always visited a Opthamologist yearly because of another problem in my left eye, a "nevus" (sp), kind of a mole in your eye. The doctor wanted to make sure it didn't change, so for about 35 years I have had yearly eye check-ups. That's why they found the glaucoma.

    I suggest everyone have at least one check up with an opthamologist (not an optometrist) at least every other year. Your eyesight is not replaceable.
     
  6. azrael

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    BTWBTWBTW "opthamology":D

    I am glad that they caught it soon...I advise you to treat this problem "herbally"...
     
  7. BryanP

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    Hey Browns Fan, good luck. You're making me nervous, though. Yesterday I was doing yard work and the weedeater tossed a piece of gravel up that smacked me in the left eye and I have an abrasion myself. It's just annoying, it's not affecting my vision, so I haven't bothered going to a Dr. about it. You're making me reconsider this. I've had 20/15 vision for so long I haven't bothered to get checked in years.
     
  8. Larry Ashcraft

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    Please re-read my post.
     
  9. Highland Ranger

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    Funny, I had an exam yesterday - they now do a photo of your retina for a baseline to compare to through the years . . . . so far so good.

    Good advice though, get them checked.
     
  10. atek3

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    jim and azrael :) I knew someone was going to say something.

    atek3
     
  11. PostalGlock'n

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    I was diagnosed at the age of 26. It has been 9 years of drops, gels, and more drops to control it. Thankfully there hasn't been much loss of vision.

    There's not been a link to it yet, but I was in Desert Storm and at 35yrs old have had a lot of unexplained health problems.
     
  12. Josey

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    Me too! I worked in the southwest and outdoors. I have glaucoma and I am discussing cataract surgery on both eyes. I had a closed head trauma a few years ago. I experienced a bleeder. It is a no warning stroke/CVA. I lost my peripheral (side) vision.
     
  13. Larry Ashcraft

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    Let me get on my own personal soapbox...

    Your eyesight is not replaceable. Your eyesight is not replaceable. Your eyesight is not replaceable. Your eyesight is not replaceable. Your eyesight is not replaceable. Your eyesight is not replaceable. Your eyesight is not replaceable. Your eyesight is not replaceable. Your eyesight is not replaceable. Your eyesight is not replaceable.

    See your opthamologist (not optometrist) regularly... Again: Your eyesight is not replaceable.

    I case you didn't read it: Your eyesight is not replaceable.


    Exactly! I have worked with my doctor for years trying to save mine.
    Again: Your eyesight is not replaceable. Where was your eye protection?

    Please people, protect your vision. Mine seems to be intent to go away on it's own. Those of you who have good vision, please take care of it.
     
  14. Cal4D4

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    Hey! I think I just thought of a reason to live here in California. We have an herbal glaucoma remedy that is semi legal and thoroughly tested (medically sound "double blind" technique). Sorry about the pun, hope whatever they give you works.
     
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    Just in case your eyesight IS going bad...



    Your eyesight is NOT replaceable. Get it checked regularly!


    You guys should be wearing protection while mowing the yard as well!
     
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    Good luck Browns Fan. Hope the docs can keep the glaucoma from progressing.

    I had cataract surgery two years ago. For a while my right eye was getting blurrier and blurrier and I finally went to get my eyes checked (I already wore glasses at the time) and I got diagnosed with cataract. All involved were surprised considering I was only 23 at the time, and I had never had an eye injury, so they don't know what caused it.

    I now have a synthetic lens in my right eye. I worry about my left eye now, because I have a hard time reading books and what not because I can't focus my right eye at close objects (less than 12" from my face) very well. So when I read a book, I'm usually using my left eye and I unconciously tune the right eye out. I'll probably end up going back to the optometrist to get a pair of reading glasses (progressive lenses suck for reading, at least for me). If my left eye goes, I'll be in a real pickle as far as reading printed text.
     
  17. Browns Fan

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    Thanks guys, for the kind words. I have another appointment with the eye doctor next friday for a follow up. Will keep you posted.
     
  18. ThreadKiller

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    I was diagnosed with pigmental glaucoma back in '83 at the age of 26. Had a heck of a time fighting it with drugs (legal type). Ended up going under the knife. Fortunately the surgery worked, but I'm still on drops of various kinds.

    Most recently I've been on the Travatan/Lumigan regimen. An interesting side effect of this class of drugs is the eyelashes grow thicker, fuller and longer. I call it my "Maybelline Medicince." :)

    These meds work and I have very pretty eyelashes. :)

    Tim
     
  19. Dollar Bill

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    I was diagnosed with glaucoma about 5 years ago at the age of 48. A routine eye exam by a local optomotrist caught it and referred me to a specialist and now I have had 2 laser treatments and am on 2 kinds of eye drops, Lumigan and Tymolol daily and so far, it has been under control. When first diagnosed my eye pressure was 45-47 and now it is down to 12-14 on their test scale.
    It gives you no symptoms at all and I had always been blessed with 20/20 vision or better until I reached age 42 or so then I had to start using reading glasses which is another problem not related to the glaucoma. Glaucoma impairs your peripheral vision first and if untreated can lead to blindness so you are lucky yours was discovered early. Keep your appointments, have visual field exams done regularly.

    Kind of hard to shoot if you can't see.

    Good luck to you!
     
  20. BowStreetRunner

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    good luck browns fan, i will say a prayer, and maybe the brownies can make it to the playoffs this year for you
    or maybe not, but its a nice thought
    Go Browns!
    BSR
     
  21. Lennyjoe

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    Good to hear that they caught it early.

    And for the rest of you.......................WEAR YOUR EYE PROTECTION!!!

    Cant stress that enough. Safety first. Even when your doing your yard work.
     
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    My wife was diagnosed with Glaucoma at 30. She had surgery to take care of hers. She now has a "bleb" (I think that's the term) on each eyeball. She also developed cataracts in each after the surgeries; about 1 year later.

    She can see much better now, but she does have to wear bifocals to read.
    I am in the process of getting her shooting pistols again; it is still tough for her to focus on the front sight sometimes.

    Guys, GET EM' CHECKED!!
     
  23. Diggler

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    Just a question...

    Is your eyesight replaceable??


    :neener:
     
  24. Chipperman

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    No.

    ...and it is spelled Ophthalmology
     
  25. Browns Fan

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    I've got a question... The timolol eye drops makes my vision kinda blurry.
    Will this eventually pass? I'm shooting an IDPA match tomorrow, is it OK to miss a dose so I can shoot with better vision?

    OK, OK, so its 2 questions. Should I shoot tomorrow or wait until my eyes get used to this stuff?
     
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