I was diagnosed with glaucoma 7 years ago, when I was 60 years old.
In March 2012 my optometrist picked up high pressures in my eyes and suspected I had glaucoma. I was referred to the ophthalmologist who confirmed I had Open Angle Glaucoma. I kept all my regular check ups to the optometrist and ophthalmologist so was shocked and devastated to find that a visit to the ophthalmologist one 17th December 20015 confirmed that glaucoma had damaged 50% of my optic nerve in each eye, and the damage to my eyes was what he would expect to see in an 85 year old. I was only 60 years old. The doctor told me that if he did not carry out laser surgery I would be blind in 4 years. He proceeded with the surgery one eye at a time and I had two courses of laser. At that time I had no time to think about it. My question was how could this happen in 3 years - such a short amount of time? and how did it happen?
He told me he could not answer my questions, but because I am a type 2 diabetic, and although my sugars were well controlled, it brought the disease forward 20 years.
At that time, the thought of being blind sent me into a deep depression. Even though I had faith in the doctors, as the disease spread so quickly with me, the thought of not having my eyesight in the future was distressing and made me anxious.
I felt like no one could help me and I was in this by myself. At the last check up my pressures were good. I can only hope that a cure is found with more research. Now I have to take each day as it comes and hope the disease does not progress.