Patient Comments: Glaucoma - Effective Treatments

What kinds of treatments have been effective for your glaucoma?

Comment from: Mrs A Senior, 75 or over Female (Patient) Published: June 01

I am female 76 years old glaucoma diagnosed 3 years ago sight now worse in left eye field vision poor Timoptol pm Zalatan am both give relief. I am seen yearly and this last visit because my sight had deteriorated and I am having some pain now going for laser treatment Also have cataracts in both eyes. My Consultant tells me he will remove them later. The cataracts not the eyes!!

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Comment from: Not a test pig, 35-44 Male (Patient) Published: May 21

WOW! I too went to a Wal-Mart doctor and she said that my pressures were high and had me using Travastan drops for 24 hours 1 drop an hour! The specialist she sent me too diagnosed me with right angle glaucoma. I too feel my eye has gotten worse since then because it was not that bad before. I need to find out the truth because if these drops are hurting me I'm not going to be pleasant with the eye doctor!

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Comment from: Guy, 35-44 Male (Patient) Published: January 27

I was diagnosed with glaucoma when I was 5 in 1974. Since that time, I have had two operations and countless trips to the ophthalmologist. My mother and I would travel seven hours round-trip to see the nearest one. I am not telling you this for you to feel sorry for me, but I would like to send a message to say that is how important your eyes are. Without the expertise of the doctors and the resilience of my parents, I would not see anything. I would have missed out on all the things in life that are important. I am now 41, and the disease seems to be stable. My eye drops are Timoptol XE (once daily in each eye), Xalatan (once daily in each eye) and Alphagan (twice in the left eye daily).

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Comment from: 19-24 Female Published: January 19

I am 20 years old and I was told by my eye doctor that my eye looks as if I have glaucoma. Although I was told when I was 15 to always check the pressure of my eyes, I threw caution to the wind. Now, I have been placed on Timolol eye drops. They help reduce pressure in my eyes.

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Comment from: bewell, 55-64 Female (Patient) Published: August 25

I have glaucoma. It is hard to find good information on glaucoma. Doctors usually do not take time to explain glaucoma in such detail. Your site did! This is great information! We all must take care of our vision.

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Published: July 08

I had the laser surgery to drain the fluid in my eye. One procedure was performed in my doctor's office, the other at the adjacent hospital outpatient. The pressure in both eyes dropped for about 11 months. The pressure is now back up pretty high. I am currently on Alphagan P, 0.1% twice daily. My eyes are often dry, and it feels as if something is in them. I have to apply eye moisture drops, yawn or blink. I am over 50, and I do not want to lose my sight. The only answer I'm given is to do the drops. Diet and exercise have no effect.

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Comment from: tcmeshew, 35-44 Male (Patient) Published: February 05

I am 39 years old and was diagnosed with glaucoma 6 years ago. After trying several combinations of drops and none of them working to lower the pressure my doctor began installing what is called an "Ahmed valve". This is surgically implanted under the skin of the eye. I have one in my right eye and two in the left. According to my doctor, without these in my eyes I would be blind by now. If your pressure cannot be controlled I strongly suggest indulging this procedure.

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Comment from: msbernie, 55-64 Female (Patient) Published: October 07

I am 63 years of age. I have Graves disease and was diagnosed with glaucoma in December 2008. It was the closed-angle glaucoma, so laser surgery was done immediately. I am still concerned. I went back for a vision field test today and to have the pressure checked. It was 28 in both eyes. Because of the Graves disease my eyes tear a lot so I don't really know if I am in any danger. My doctor told me to come back in January.

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