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July 2021

I was diagnosed with Glaucoma in March 2019. (At 52 years old). Prior to that I was a “Glaucoma Suspect” since 2014 when my optometrist first used an Optical Coherence Tomography image to reveal that I had very thin optic nerves in both eyes.

Close up image of bald man wearing glasses

Early on in 2014 I did suffer a lot of anxiety from the diagnosis of having thin optic nerves. I had conjured thoughts of not being about to drive for much longer and losing my independence.  From 2017 I have relied on an existing commercial vehicle licence to earn a living and would have been bitterly disappointed if I had had to hand that in. 

I was referred to an ophthalmologist around 2015 and visited every 6 months. By comparing results of tests over the next few years this would allow for a formal diagnosis. 

Last year in March 2020 my ophthalmologist changed my drops to Ganfort (which is a mixture of two different drops) and I take one drop in each eye just before I go to bed. The drops were changed because the ophthalmologist had detected a small deterioration in one eye in the width of my optic nerve.

Very recently in May 2021, at a visit to my Optometrist he detected no change in my sight since March 2020 and made the comment and the drops are working fine.  This is very encouraging.    

I am maintaining my 20/20 vision and there is no talk of taking away my driver’s license.  I am passing the Visual Field Tests with no problems - although the test always makes me nervous.

I don’t know what the future holds (does anybody?) but I am optimistic.  I can tell you the following things have allowed me to maintain my eyesight with no further deterioration: 

  • Technology allows you to be diagnosed earlier before any sight is lost so always maintain regular eye checks especially if there is glaucoma in the family.  
  • Stick religiously to the treatment plan put in place by your ophthalmologist. You’ll have this condition for the rest of your life, but it can be managed.
  • Be seen every 6 months by your optometrist or ophthalmologist
     

There are modern advancements in eye care every day so being diagnosed is the key to maintaining your sight, the earlier the better.