Monday, May 6, 2013

Diagnosis: Glaucoma

It's taken me a week to process the shock of this news and to write this post. I went in to the eye doctor last week for a minor eyelid infection. Two hours and several tests later, I walked out with a diagnosis of glaucoma. And I am already partially, permanently blind in the left eye.

I worried about the cataracts I already have, and about diabetic retinopathy and macular degeneration. The good news is, I still don't have those and the cataracts are still small.

But I do have glaucoma, which was not even on my radar of things to worry about. The right eye compensated so well I was unaware of it.

The bad news is it is progressive and incurable. But there's good news too: The blind section is not yet in my field of straight-ahead vision, the right eye seems OK so far, and it can probably be slowed down with a simple eye drop. They say most people don't go totally blind if they stick to a care regimen.

It's funny. Now that I know about it, I keep closing my right eye, looking at things through the left and watching sections of them disappear into blank darkness. The blind section is about a fifth of my field of vision, directly above my line of sight. How could I not have noticed that? How could those puff tests every year at the optometrists have not picked up on the increased pressure?

Better yet, how can I get past this. Blindness is the one thing I don't think I could endure.

(Cross posted with Maraca.)


Linda Myers said...

Pretty large news to process.

Follow the care regimen. I know people living fine with glaucoma and their eye drops.

Thinking of you, for sure, as you work through this distressing surprise.

MyMaracas said...

Thanks, Linda, for the encouraging comment and for your support. Believe me, I will be doing whatever the doctor wants.

Karen said...

Oh sorry to hear your news. My aunt had glaucoma and did not go blind. Wishing you all the best!

MyMaracas said...

Karen, that is encouraging to hear. Thanks for your concern.

Rambling Woods said...

Oh Vicki... I am so sorry... That is scary and it does take time to process... Hugs... Michelle