I was diagnosed with glaucoma 34 years ago, when I was 43-44 years old.
My grandmother was the first person (relative) alerting us to glaucoma in the early 1900’s. Then, little was known about the disease, symptoms and cause except it was inherited from one of either parents. We did not know how serious the condition was all those years ago and I was only a very young child.
In the 1960’s my father was beginning to have severe signs of this disease i.e. coloured circles around lights and blinded (blurred) vision when driving.
None of the opticians he consulted were able to identify this problem and it was due finally to two clever brothers - Philip Waterworth and his surgeon brother Dr David Waterworth - that Lasha’s condition was recognised.
(His left eye was 95 and his right eye 65!)
David operated at St Johns in Hobart, Tasmania. He was supposedly sandbagged for a week, but a new nurse moved him and the eyes haemorrhaged hence blindness. Needless to say the roof of St Johns Hospital nearly came off when Dr Waterworth heard. Since then, due to the Lions Club, mandatory eye testing was introduced for patients and Tasmanian opticians made aware of the signs of glaucoma. (I think due to my father’s case).
I am very fortunate to have the best ongoing supervision and testing with special Professor Ivan Goldberg in Sydney twice a year and in the interim 3 month interval with Dr Ian Murrell with the Launceston Eye Institute.
My Launceston Specialist, Dr Ian Murrell, recently bought a vineyard here in the North called ‘Sharmans’. Philippa Sharman who I was at school with in Hobart was the daughter of Philip Waterworth who originally detected my own Father’s glaucoma all these years ago!
Hope my story helps.