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Old 09-09-2008, 06:02 PM   #1
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Red face Right eye pressure 50, left eye pressure 36...I'm scared.

Hi. After months of complaints about my eyes I was finally diagnosed with iritis and have been treated with steriod injections which helped tremendously. Then, two days ago it was like a veil was dropped over my eyes and my vision dimmed. It went away after an hour but happened yesterday and then today again. I immediately went to the only optomologist we have here in this tiny rural town, (the opthomologist travels from another city once a month) and he checked the pressure which read 50 in the right eye and 36 in the left. He gave me Combigan drops twice a day and Xalatan once before bed and will check the pressure again tomorrow. I'm 58 years old, single and scared. I have no family and live in a very rural area. Does anyone out there have glaucoma? The doctors are suspecting this but will not confirm until after treatments. Thank you for reading this. Sophie

 
Old 09-11-2008, 01:29 AM   #2
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Re: Right eye pressure 50, left eye pressure 36...I'm scared.

Hard to say but I know that steroids will increase eye pressure. How much is hard to say but may depend on how long you have been on them for. It's always good to get a pressure test before going on steroids or using steroid drops. Once off the steroids the eye pressure drops back down again as the steroids get out of yoru system. Also, normal daily exercise lowers blood presure and as a result lowers eye pressure. Check the net for other ways to lower (blood and eye) pressure.

(by the way - the last time I had iritis I was treated with antibiotic drops (no steroids). Most docs are very reserved on using steroids and use them for a very short time and even then always check eye pressure before using the steroids)

Mike

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Old 09-12-2008, 07:34 PM   #3
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Re: Right eye pressure 50, left eye pressure 36...I'm scared.

Thank you so much for your reply. The steroids are slowly dissapating from my eyes and when they have dissappeared, I will never get the injections again. Since using the combigan my pressure is back to normal...or even below normal at 12 in the right eye and less in the left. Thank you for the suggestion on lowering eye pressure level. Did you have a lot of floaters when you had iritis? I had millions and it actually impaired my vision. Thanks again for your advice. Sophie

 
Old 09-13-2008, 07:24 AM   #4
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Re: Right eye pressure 50, left eye pressure 36...I'm scared.

Untreated iritis (and you had it for several months) can cause permanent damage and vision loss, so don't be too hard on the injections. They were probably needed to get the condition under control quickly. In future, if you have another episode of iritis, steroid drops could probably be used instead of injections.

 
Old 09-17-2008, 04:04 PM   #5
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Re: Right eye pressure 50, left eye pressure 36...I'm scared.

Thank you KeelaC for your message. Yes, it did get the iritis under control very fast. Does anyone know how long it takes for the prednisone to dissapate from the eyes after the injections? I can see the medication in my eyes as it is injected between the bottom lid under the eye. It is slowly shrinking and has been about 40 days since the first injection in the right eye. I am no longer able to use the eyedrops called Combigan as it causes me to go into a deep depression which just happens to be one of the side effects. I went to the eye doc today and the pressure in the right eye is up again to 50. I am suppose to use the Xalatan alone before I go to bed. I see the doc again on Friday to see if the pressure is going back down. I'm so frustrated and worried. Thanks everyone. Sophie

 
Old 09-19-2008, 07:00 PM   #6
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Re: Right eye pressure 50, left eye pressure 36...I'm scared.

I saw my opthomologist today and he diagnosed me with secondary glaucoma. My eye pressure is down in the 30's since the one dose of Xalatan except Xalatan gives me terrible chest pressure so I can't use it. I am suppose to see a glaucoma specialist after they check the pressure again on Wednesday. I live in a very rural area of South Dakota so this will mean a long drive, money for gas, and time off from work. But it's worth it if I can save my sight. Because I get such terrible side effects from the drops, they suggested a surgery. But the doc really wants to know what my glaucoma is secondary to? I am also very nauseous most of the day and am taking Phenergen. I am wondering if the glaucoma and nauseousness are connected. Thanks to anyone who has any suggestions. Soph

 
Old 09-23-2008, 12:56 PM   #7
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Re: Right eye pressure 50, left eye pressure 36...I'm scared.

Hi Sophie, sometime ago you answered one of my posts. It seemed as if our symptoms were similiar. Well, I saw the opth. yesterday and after dilation she still says my problem stems from the vitreous matter that causes floaters. I really trust her. She says as this gob passes over the retina it casts a shadow on it which is the white clouse I see. I'm sorry to read that you now have a different problem. I hope that they find out what the cause is. I'm fortunate in that I live in a large urban area and have access to lots of MD's. Keep us posted.

 
Old 09-24-2008, 03:54 AM   #8
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Re: Right eye pressure 50, left eye pressure 36...I'm scared.

Deljo, how nice of you to remember me and thank you for your post. My floaters are almost all gone but I still get that gob now and again, but very seldom anymore. I am glad you told me about what your optholmologist told you as it comfirms what I was told. As of yesterday the pressure in my right eye was in the high 50's so I have to go to Rapid City on Monday as they are talking about doing the laser surgery that will open up the vessels and decrease the pressure. They are trying me on a new drop, Timolol. I used it about 40 minutes ago and so far there are no side effects. I always put pressure on the inside of the bridge of my nose to keep the drops from entering my stomach, but they still get into my blood stream and cause adverse effects from chest pressure to depression. I hope this one works. I'll know more after the first 24 hours. Thanks again. So nice to be able to communicate with others regarding this set-back in my life. Soph

 
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