Patient Comments: Glaucoma - Effective Treatments

What kinds of treatments have been effective for your glaucoma?

Comment from: nan, Published: June 16

I experienced kidney failure during hip replacement surgery; lost 2 units of blood with extreme dehydration requiring immediate blood transfusion. I am under the care of a nephrologist now with stage 3 renal failure.

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Comment from: Jake, 65-74 Male (Patient) Published: December 23

I have had high eye pressure (glaucoma) for 25 years. I found vitamin C helps for eye pain, also benfotiamine can help lower pressure.

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Comment from: Timetraveller, 65-74 Male (Patient) Published: May 13

When I saw an eye doctor for glaucoma the first time he said it had progressed to a point that surgery would be too risky and I could lose my sight completely. I had no symptoms whatsoever. I was sent there by a Walmart doctor who tested me for a new script for glasses. He saw a blood spot on my optic nerve. The doctor he sent me to said it was nothing but that I definitely had glaucoma and had it for a few years. I didn't start having symptoms and losing my sight until I was started on the drops. My eyes are gradually getting worse. I had to stop driving 5 years ago. My brother has glaucoma with pressure of 12 without drops. I think the drops are a useless scam and I will go blind with or without them because using them is not slowing my loss of sight down. It's like cancer. Chemo only cures 2 kinds of cancer using chemo on any other type is just lining the drug companies pockets with big profits. The medical profession is turning into one big ugly scam.

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Comment from: susan, Female (Patient) Published: April 05

Hi, I am 55 yrs, old and have been on some kind of eye drops for glaucoma for 20 yrs., I have had the laser 5 times and this last time it did not help. My pressure runs from 23 - 30 but now it is up to 43 in both eyes and eye drops have all been exhausted or I am allergic to them so I am taking Acetazolamide pills (they are water pills) they seem to be working. I figured it out, I was on High blood pressure meds and went off them in January and one of those meds were water pills. Then I remembered my eye pressure went down when I first started the pills. fyi

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Comment from: Robinson, 55-64 Male (Patient) Published: March 01

I have been taking medications for open angle glaucoma for eighteen years. Over the period, i have used: 1st, TIMOPTOL in combination with Pilocapine eye drops. I used the drugs for about two years before I reacted to the timoptol. It lowered my heart rate to about 53 beats per minute. I infact experienced drop beats and was hospitalized. I then started on the combination of Betoptic, Pilocapine, and Diamox. I again reacted to Diamox. Thereafter, I was placed on Betoptic in combination with Pilocarpine and Xalatan. My eye pressure came to as low as between levels 8 and 14. In July/ Aug. 2009, My Doctor stopped my Pilocarpine. I am now on the combination of Travatan and Trusopt. The effect of my having to stop Pilocarpine is that I now use eye glasses for my sight, having lost my focus on both far and near objects because of my slow heart rate, my doctor now says I should stop Betoptic. I am reluctant to drop Betoptic, so I now have reduced my dosage of it to one drop per day. When I attended my clinic last earlier this month, my eye pressure was 15 in both eyes. I have been on the eye drops mainly, since I was diagnosed with the eye condition 18 years ago. The drugs are ok, but I strongly suggest that for every new patient special attention should be placed on the individual's pulse rate to avoid my type of experience.

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