Cataracts, and now glaucoma too

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November 17, 2016 8:27pm CST
November 17, 2016 I've been going through the process to take care of my cataracts and along the way the ophalmologist has discovered I also have glaucoma. So he's now referred me to another ophalmologist who will do the cataract surgery and also some sort of surgery to relieve the glaucoma. Meanwhile, I'm using one drop of glaucoma meds in each eye every night at bedtime. This works quite well as long as I don't fall asleep on the couch, lol. I missed one night because of that, but have been diligent otherwise. I have my first consultation with the new doctor on Dec 1. I hope to have the process entirely finished by springtime. Do you think I'm being too optimistic?
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@Asylum (46306)
• Manchester, England
18 Nov
I know from personal experience how depressing it can be to start with cataract surgery and encounter further problems. You begin to feel that fate is targetting you.
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• United States
23 Nov
Even a "simple" situation presents quite a slog just to get to the surgery.
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@Asylum (46306)
• Manchester, England
23 Nov
@blitzfrick I cannot disagree with that because I have experienced the situation several times. You think it is all over and suddenly you feel that you are going backwards.
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• United States
23 Nov
@Asylum Judging from the responses I certainly have plenty of company here on MyLot. In a strange way, it makes things easier for me.
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• Peoria, Arizona
18 Nov
I am sorry that you are going through this. My step mom had to go through this, she had the surgery and she said it was the easiest thing she has been through and she has a beautiful twinkle in her eye now. There is nothing wrong with being too optimistic, you were given some bad news and are looking for the best! Which is the greatest thing anyone can do!
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• United States
18 Nov
Well it isn't too much of a bother, except for interfering with my (non-existent) social life, lol. The biggest surprise so far has been the cost of the glaucoma eyedrop meds. Wow.
• Peoria, Arizona
18 Nov
@blitzfrick I have heard they are very pricey, but it is worth it.
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• United States
18 Nov
@DesirousDreamer Oh yes, the alternative—possible blindness—makes them absolutely necessary. The insurance cuts the cost by about 60%, thank goodness (and thanks to Medicare!).
@nanette64 (12334)
• Fairfield, Texas
18 Nov
I hope all goes well @blitzfrick . I have cataracts too but am not BLIND enough yet for the insurance to cover it.
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• United States
23 Nov
In my case, I'm very very thankful for Social Security and Medicare. Otherwise I'd be down the tubes. Whew. Do you have the Obamacare there in Texas?
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@nanette64 (12334)
• Fairfield, Texas
23 Nov
@blitzfrick We do and I also have SS & Medicare, but apparently according to them you have to have a certain amount of visual blindness (%) before they will pay for it.
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• United States
23 Nov
@nanette64 If we could curse here, I'd call them a name. I wonder why we can't have socialized medicine like the rest of the free world. Bah.
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• New Delhi, India
18 Nov
No...you should always be optimistic. Now that the proper diagnosis has been made treatment shall be done perfectly
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• United States
18 Nov
Yes, I think a positive attitude is important. And a good surgeon, of course
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• New Delhi, India
18 Nov
@Happy2BeMe (61996)
• Canada
18 Nov
I wish you all the best in the treatment and surgery.
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• United States
18 Nov
Thank you! I have total confidence in my docs
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@Happy2BeMe (61996)
• Canada
18 Nov
@blitzfrick you are welcome. That is wonderful then.
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@UncleJoe (7722)
• Virginia Beach, Virginia
23 Nov
You should always be optimistic.
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• United States
23 Nov
I've been optimistic in the past and then been crashingly disappointed. But this time, I'm at least maintaining a positive attitude.
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@JudyEv (91810)
• Bunbury, Australia
23 Nov
I didn't think they were able cure glaucoma but perhaps things have progressed. It will be good if you are able to stop having the drops at some stage.
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• United States
23 Nov
I think the surgery is meant to alleviate the condition rather than as a cure; every little bit helps (fingers crossed).
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@LadyDuck (112850)
• Switzerland
18 Nov
I had Laser Iridotomy to relief the glaucoma, but I still have to use drops every day, it's not a miracle solution, my actual ophalmologist even said he would have not performed this surgery.
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• United States
23 Nov
I had to look up laser iridotomy, lol. I'm not sure what the new doctor has in mind; I meet with him on Dec 1 and make an update on MyLot after that.
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@sallypup (19249)
• Moses Lake, Washington
18 Nov
I wish you well. I was just told that I have tiny cataracts that will need attention in five or more years. Age! Good old age creeping in. Take care.
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• United States
18 Nov
My eye doc says most people get these with old age. No wonder the surgery is so widespread! I had my eyes checked 5 or 6 years ago and told a different eye doc I suspected I had cataracts, but he said no. I'm very sorry that I can now say "I told you so". But I think everything will turn out okay.
@Hatley (154691)
• Garden Grove, California
18 Nov
no not really as i have read they have made huge changes in treating glaucoma and cataracts I have one read y to come out and one not yet darn
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• United States
18 Nov
Apparently there are many here at MyLot who have had, or are about to have, the surgery. I'm so glad it's commonplace these days! Like you, I have one that's ready, and one on the waiting list.
@LoriAMoore (8671)
• United States
18 Nov
So sorry to hear this. I didn't realize there was a surgery for glaucoma.
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@marlina (58293)
• Canada
23 Nov
Good luck with the surgery. One has to be optimistic.
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@ms1864 (6976)
• Bangalore, India
18 Nov
Nop. I think optimism can help the healing and repairing process. So please continue. ...
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@amnabas (9777)
• Karachi, Pakistan
18 Nov
I think you need to care.you are taking care care.
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