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.