I was diagnosed with glaucoma 37 years ago, when I was 48 years old.
My mother went blind with glaucoma in 1974 when she was 74 years old.
When I turned 35 I decided to have my eyes checked every 2 years. Intraocular pressure was discovered within my eyes when I was 48. Over the years I have used a variety of eye drops every night, which for me do not have any side effects. The ophthalmologists I have seen every 6 months over the years in Canberra, Nowra, Batemans Bay, and the Central Coast have all been very caring and experts in their field. My optic nerve and retina continue to remain healthy.
My sister, now aged 91, was also diagnosed with glaucoma at age 50 and, with regular visits to her ophthalmologist and eye drops every night, is managing well.
I regularly remind my four children aged 62, 61, 59 and 58 to have their sight checked and thankfully so far, their eyes are healthy.
I do enjoy reading my regular Glaucoma News and am truly amazed at the advances in glaucoma treatment. My best wishes to Glaucoma Australia for continued success and help to glaucoma patients.