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August 2021

My mum was diagnosed with glaucoma when I was very young, and by the time she was 80 years old, she was legally blind. 

Image of bedroom with sun beams reflecting

My usual optometrist was away, and I saw somebody different. He did all the usual tests and everything seemed okay, although he wasn’t completely happy, so sent me to an ophthalmologist.  

After heaps of testing, eye drops and blurry vision, it came out that I had normal pressure glaucoma. I just couldn’t believe it, I was in a state of shock. 

Out of all mum’s offspring, I seem to be the only one who got it. 

Now like everyone else who has glaucoma, I am on drops for the rest of my life.

I thought I dodged a bullet, seeing that I am so much older than she (my mother) was when diagnosed.