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Friday, August 21, 2015

I know there is no better alternative, but sometimes growing old kind of sucks

Today I had my annual eye exam. My doctor tested my vision (unchanged), inner eye pressure (normal), and the inside of my eye after dilation - and found that my optic nerve is distorting, indicating damage. He then had me do a "visual field test" which told us that my peripheral vision is degraded. And this is how I learned that I have glaucoma.

So tomorrow morning I see a glaucoma expert. I've been reading up on glaucoma causes and treatments in preparation. I learned there's no cure and no way to fix the damage, the best to hope for is to stop or slow down future additional damage and further loss of vision. So ... fun. And oh yeah, my doctor also told me that I have small cataracts forming - will need surgery in the future when they get worse.

I'm not surprised by the cataracts since that's age related and my mom had them in both eyes so I have been counting on needing that surgery eventually, if I live long enough. But the glaucoma, considering my eye pressure has been normal every year - has thrown me for a bit of a loop today. I am very glad the ice-cream is out of the house because I would have been sorely tempted to drown myself in it otherwise.

Oh well, tomorrow's another day, right? And hopefully I will have a game plan after talking to the specialist in the morning. I'm glad I could get an appointment so quickly. It helps a little bit to feel that I'm doing something about this.
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    Gosh, I've never thought about glaucoma except for those few dreadful moments when you're sitting in the optometrist's special chair with your chin jammed into that headgear, and you're waiting for that unnatural puff of air. I'm so sorry to hear that they discovered glaucoma, but I'm glad you'll be receiving what is most likely the best care available.

    Yeah, I totally hate things that remind me that my body has an expiration date. A couple of years ago, one of my lower molars broke. My whole life, dentists had always praised my teeth. A new dentist arriving in my hometown when I was a teenager examined my teeth and pronounced, to my unabashed pride, "You have the best teeth in (name of hometown)!" I thought my teeth were invincible! So it was such a shock a couple of years ago when one broke suddenly and without warning. (I know I've used my teeth more than most people, but still, aren't they supposed to last forever?!) I think maybe the feeling I had then about my molar was a little similar to what you felt about your glaucoma. HUH?! Must I, too, suffer the consequences of aging?! I thought that was for other people!

    But these can be very good reminders of how important it is to take care of all our parts, as you learned with your blood pressure problem, which you grabbed by the horns and truly wrestled into submission with your determined attitude! Now you will take great care of your eyes, and you will likely have better eyesight in your old age than if you had not had this problem at this moment. You will be so fine!
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    What a relief that you are seeing a specialist so quickly. Waiting for something like that is so stressful. Glad you did not turn to ice cream, give yourself points. You could have stopped on the way home and picked up something.
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    Sending prayers your way for a good doctor visit and a favorable game plan. emoticon emoticon
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    I'm sorry! But I'm glad, like you said, that you got an appointment so quickly. Hopefully, there are things they can do to help!
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