Glaucoma? in Ramblings

  • March 11, 2019, 12:12 a.m.
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I have no idea how to title my entries. It’s a mess.

So, I’ve had increasingly painful issues with my eyes. First, I became sensitive to light and have had migraines off and on for a couple years now. Then I started having trouble driving at night or in the rain, it looks like everything is blurry and full of glare. Then I started feeling grit in my eyes every so often. Then I started having pressure and pain in them and everything looks blurry all the time. There doesn’t seem to be a real trigger to it.

I kept putting off going to the eye doctor. First of all, I can read fine and see words. Second, I don’t have vision insurance. Third, I have never been to an eye doctor and didn’t really know what to expect. The appointment was okay. It was painless. They had to put numbing drops in my eyes to do a second pressure test and that felt weird. They gave me a prescription, and it is not a very strong prescription but I am hoping it helps some of the pain I’m in. He said I don’t need to wear them all the time, just when working or reading or whatever. I’m always squinting and it gives me a headache.

The part that worries me is that they said the pressure inside my eye is high which can indicate early glaucoma or at least make me much more likely to develop glaucoma. They referred me to a specialist that thankfully takes my medical insurance. No one in my family has had high eye pressure so I’m surprised and a little worried. I have a feeling that the high IOP is what is actually causing my symptoms. I wasn’t able to get into the ophthalmologist until the end of May. I hope either the glasses or something else helps with this pain. It is hard to work.

I’ve been checking my IRS transcripts every day to catch updates on my tax return. It’s like reading a set of clues or a treasure map that makes no sense. There’s a forum I’m part of that gets together to try and decipher which part of the process everyone is in and when they will get their refund. It’s because I get my refund taken due to student loans, and then we file a form for my husband to ask for his portion back. Then I take his portion and put it toward a Disney World vacation. lol.

I am hoping the transcripts update tomorrow. I’m kind of expecting them to. Wishful thinking. Tomorrow morning I also go down to see the nutritionist. I don’t think I’ve lost any weight this week. Well it’s time for a break from work and I’m going to go rest my eyes.

Deleted user March 11, 2019

Won't hurt to go see the Dr. At least to go find some relief. Good luck.

lessoff March 11, 2019

those pressure tests aren't accurate if you are nervous. I hate stuff being done near my eyes. so mine always comes back a little wonky.

Pinki lessoff ⋅ March 12, 2019

I dunno if that makes me feel better or worse. Somethings gotta give with my eyes :( Maybe the glasses will help more than I think they will!

Tempestuous1 March 12, 2019

Ugh, we still need to file our taxes. I guess I should do that soon. Blech. I hope we don't owe!! Especially as we need to renew our car plates.
I have eye insurance and can't even afford to go, and my insurance is incredibly good. How lame am I? I really need to go, as I am having pain in my eyes, headaches, and not as clear vision as I should with my current glasses. I wish I could do contacts, but I've tried and they suck for me. Good luck, I hope it's not Glaucoma-related! (((Hugs)))

Kristi1971 March 12, 2019

Go see the doctor. If you do have glaucoma or the beginnings, they will give you drops for your eyes that will take the pressure back down. For glaucoma, it's not so much what it does to you today, but what it does to you on a long term basis. Hang in there. There are treatments to help slow it down. I know someone else who had to start the drops and she has no problems. Hugs.

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