I was diagnosed with glaucoma 14 years ago, when I was 53 years old.
My father who was a GP told me that I should be checked for glaucoma as he was being treated for it and he explained the genetic implications.
I had been seeing an eye specialist for about 8 years after a blood clot on my retina. My ophthalmologist knew of my family history and monitored my eyes yearly, for a number of years.
The pressure kept increasing and finally he said that I needed drops to reduce the pressure. I go every 6 months, and occasionally 4 monthly. However the drops morning and night keep it under control. For a few years now I have been on two different drops at night.
I am very grateful for the care and attention I have received. Modern medicine has saved my sight. Apparently I have lost a small segment of vision in one eye, but the other eye has compensated for this! I still have 20/20 vision at 67 years of age and only need ‘over the counter’ +2 glasses for reading.
Thankfully, Susan’s father told her that he had glaucoma and that she was at risk of developing it too. The good news is, early detection and treatment means Susan still has 20/20 vision.
If you have glaucoma, tell your family members to get their eyes tested every 2 years.