Eye Doctor Taking Glaucoma Drops?

Lowering eye pressure is the only proven way to stop or slow the progression of glaucoma.

Lowering eye pressure is the only proven way to stop or slow the progression of glaucoma.

Yes, I am putting my glaucoma drops in my eyes every day. (Well, I did miss one day… I forgot). But it is what you do consistently that counts. And I have been consistent. My next appointment to check my eye pressure is in two months, and I want to have a good report.  My eye pressure has never been high, but we want the glaucoma drops to lower my eye pressure from what it was originally. Whether a glaucoma patient has elevated eye pressures or not, lowering eye pressure is the only proven way to stop or slow the progression of glaucoma.

These drops burn my eyes the first minute after I put them in. I put them in the refrigerator so they will be cool, but they still burn. I put artificial tears in my eyes a few minutes before my glaucoma drops, they still burn. But if this is the only discomfort that I have, it is a small price to pay for a lifetime of good vision.

I put them in and just close my eyes. I press my fingers in the corners of my eyes next to my nose for one minute. This is a good technique that not only helps more of the drop to stay in the eyes for better absorption, and pressure control.  This technique also limits the amount of medication that can be absorbed in your body that in some rare, cases can cause other systemic complications.

I had tried 5 or 6 other glaucoma drops before this one. I could not tolerate any of them, because they gave me an allergic reaction. My eyes where extremely red and itchy. I had large bumps when I pulled down my lower eye lids. My eyes were sore, and it looked like I had the pink eye.  That was not a good look for the eye doctor to have, when I came in the room to treat my patient’s eyes.

So this drop does not turn my eyes red. The only discomfort I have is the first minute upon installation. Not bad. As long as I will be able to see the rest of my life, I’m good. I can live with that.

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