I was diagnosed with glaucoma 10 years ago, when I was 45 years old.
I got a shock when on a visit to the eye hospital I was told the result, and that I would have to put eye drops in my eyes every day for the rest of my life. It didn’t register at first as I had known no one with glaucoma and none of my family had it.
It takes an effort to remember each day. I insert the drops and I hold down my eye for 2 minutes on both sides of my face. It has become a 4-minute daily saga in my life. At first I got a bit frustrated about this whole affair but now I do it out of personal duty and habit. I can’t, and I don’t want to risk going blind. I also need glasses for reading and driving, the eye drops however have given me a quality of life I wouldn’t have.
I cancelled my first appointment to the eye hospital not taking it seriously, but when I summoned up the courage to go I was so grateful for the outcome because, as I said I didn’t want the risk of going blind. Now, I have a normal life and I see the drops as enhancing my life, also the glasses as well. Instead of a burden, it has become an asset.