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Old 07-14-2004, 07:35 PM   #1
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Question High Pressure in one Eye

I just went to an optometrist for an eye exam. He became very concerned about the pressure in my one eye. He strongly recommended that I see an ophthalmologist and made an appointment for me tomorrow.
In the past five years I have seen other optometrists who also detected the high pressure and did not recommend anything else be done.
I am glad he was so concerned, but I have no symptoms and other doctors did nothing about it.
Comments appreciated. Thanks
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Old 07-15-2004, 07:52 AM   #2
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Re: High Pressure in one Eye

Don: The trouble is, glaucoma has no other symptoms until the vision is affected. Did you find out what your pressure was?

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Old 07-15-2004, 02:38 PM   #3
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Re: High Pressure in one Eye

Torre,
I met with the Ophthalmologist today and I am sure glad I did. He found the pressure so high he immediately used a laser to drill a hole in the eye. This sounds frightening, but it was not that bad. I will also have to have my other eye done in the future. This latest Optometrist save me from going blind.
Here is a warning to all who read this: Over four years I have seen two other Optometrists, both detected a higher than normal pressure in my one eye. Both failed to advise me of what that could mean and neither one recommended I see an Ophthalmologist. I had no idea that high pressure is a sign of glaucoma.
I strongly urge you to find out what your eye pressures are and make sure they are within range. As Torre has mentioned there are no symptoms until your vision is affected.
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Old 07-17-2004, 06:49 AM   #4
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Re: High Pressure in one Eye

Good for you, Don. You were lucky. I have nothing but the highest praise for the optometrists that I have seen, but some posters have been less than happy with theirs.

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Old 07-18-2004, 12:32 PM   #5
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Re: High Pressure in one Eye

Glad to hear you've gotten it taken care of

 
Old 07-20-2004, 03:03 PM   #6
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Re: High Pressure in one Eye

I've been to a number of eye doctors from about the age of 18. The first immediately told me my high pressure was glaucoma and put me on drops (for the record, without damage, high pressure is pre-glaucoma. Glaucoma doesn't occur until there is actual pressure). The next handful of doctors told me I was only pre-glaucomic, and i should be monitored but did not need drops yet. None of these doctors addressed two other serious problems (like why did an 18-25 yr old girl have high pressure in the first place?) until I saw the lastest doctor, who did more than save my eyes.

He found the high pressure and put me on drops. (My pressure was in the low-30's) He saw found retinal bleeding, that had been there long enough for other doctors to have detected it, if they had looked. He sent me to a retinal specialist, who did some laser and that's all good now.
He also made me get tested for diabetes. It was the first time I had been to a regular doctor since my pediatrician. Yes, I am diabetic at age 25 (type 2). It also led to me learning about my high blood pressure.

Since then, I 've learned that most of the high pressure is thanks to a thick cornea and doesn't desperately need to be worried about. But if it hadn't been for that... Who knows.

~Christie

 
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