Saturday, July 16

Glaucoma Update: Day One After Surgery

Well, that was an interesting experience yesterday.

At the time, I wasn't nearly as anxious as I thought I would be. Maybe that was because a new chapter of my life was beginning. As I was having trouble seeing at night and my job on occasion requires me to drive after dark, I'm now on medical disability. And since Glaucoma is an irreversible disease, there's little chance I'll ever have another job doing what I did.


The procedure that was done is called Argon Laser Trabeculoplasty (ALT). An Argon laser creates tiny holes in the trabecular mesh that's supposed to let the aqueous humor drain out of the eye; if that mesh-work gets blocked, the eye's intra-ocular pressure builds, and Glaucoma results.

Only my left eye was worked on yesterday. I'll be having a followup exam this coming Thursday; if everything's cool, I'll have my right eye worked on the same day.

In the meantime, I'm still doing drops to lower the outflow for both eyes as well as some steroidal drops for my left eye.

Overall, I'm quite positive about the procedures. The outcome, of course, is that my Glaucoma won't get any worse. But the damage is already done.

Folks, if your eye doctor EVER says anything about Glaucoma, take him seriously. Don't mess with your vision.

I don't want to see you in my position.

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