Regular, healthy eye pressure should sit somewhere between 10 and 14. My has harbored in the 40's for quite some time. So, I was referred from my retina specialist to a glaucoma specialist to help regulate and remedy this problem. One of the biggest problems with glaucoma is up to a 30% vision loss. In a situation like mine (one who already has vision loss), this is not good news. We tried three different approaches. The first week I used a drop called Isotol. I did not respond to those. The second week we tried a combination of Combigan and Travitan drops. My doctor referred to this as the "kitchen sink" approach, meaning that was the most intense approach. My eye once again showed no response. Then, for the third week I continued the combination drops and started taking a pill called Diamox. Diamox pulls the fluid off. The side effects are awful. The pills cause numbness in your face, hands and legs because they rob your body of necessary electrolytes. Thankfully, this goes away as soon as you cease taking the medicine. On the fourth visit, my pressure had reduced to 21 with the pills. However, the pills are not something you can take long term, and the pressure was still not within the range she desired. So, surgery was the only option left.
Two surgery options were available to me. The first option was to remove the Kenelog from my eye. In many cases, 70%, removing the steroid will lower the pressure to a healthy level. This surgery requires little down time. The Kenelog is removed by making an incision, removing the steroid and putting a few dissolvable stitches in the eye. The second option was to have a new drain put in the eye. This surgery takes roughly 6-8 weeks to heal, requires continued observation, medication and comes with a whole list of restrictions. Naturally, I was thrilled to try removing the Kenelog injections first. I am not a big fan of being down and out for over a month!!
|My lovely eye patch! :)|