No more eyedrops for a while

Use those eyedrops or else
United States
May 16, 2017 11:28am CST
May 16, 2017 Tomorrow is the last day I'll have to use post-surgery eyedrops and I am so happy! I already have to use eyedrops for glaucoma, one drop in each eye every night, and one drop in each eye (different prescription) every morning. The post-surgery eyedrops really added to the confusion, so much so that I've had to use a schedule and a calendar furnished by the ophalmologist. These added eyedrops have been going in for the past six weeks. My next cataract surgery is scheduled for July so I get a bit of a break. The relief is almost palpable. This process has given me new respect for people who have to organize multiple medications, and the discipline to do that. I've had it pretty easy and enjoyed good health (mostly) for a very long time. Here's to freedom from the dictates of pharmaceuticals! Hooray!
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• New Delhi, India
16 May
That's good that you are relieved
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@LadyDuck (141406)
• Switzerland
17 May
I only need eyedrops time by time when my eyes are too dry. After I had glaucoma laser surgery I can live without drops every day.
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• United States
17 May
So lucky! I asked the doc about laser surgery for the glaucoma but he insisted on implanting a stent. And so far, I still have to use the glaucoma drops, morning and night. But the drops I had to use because of the cataract surgery are over until the second eye is operated on. It's so nice to get a break for a few weeks.
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@LadyDuck (141406)
• Switzerland
17 May
@blitzfrick My doctor was against to implant a stent, even because with the stent I would have needed the drops anyway, while with laser trabeculoplasty that creates two small holes to let the fluids flow, you have no need of drops and the procedure can be repeated if necessary.
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• United States
17 May
@LadyDuck I'm not sure why my doc nixed the laser, maybe he was motivated by $$$. In this country, that is often the great motivation.
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• Banks, Oregon
16 May
I am sure you are more then ready to get some relief. And for surgery to be over.
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• United States
16 May
You got it The first visit to the eye doc about it was last October. I wanted to be finished by this spring. But no way. Bah
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• Banks, Oregon
16 May
@blitzfrick sorry it must be stressful
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• United States
16 May
@chrissbergstrom It is somewhat stressful, but the second surgery and all the eyedrops, etc., won't be as bad now that I have some experience. The main thing is that it won't be this complicated forever. I can endure almost anything if I know it will eventually end.
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@moffittjc (40217)
• Gainesville, Florida
21 May
I've been taking antibiotic eye drops for the past week for an eye infection, and I hated it! I had to put two eye drops in every 4 hours around the clock. I HATE using eye drops under any circumstance, so this was a big deal for me to have to put so many eye drops in over a weeklong period.
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• United States
21 May
So how's the infection? The requirement of every 4 hrs around the clock and its attendant lack of REM sleep would drive me crazy. I'll have to use eyedrops (two different prescriptions) for glaucoma for the rest of my life, morning and night. In the cataract process, three days before surgery, I start using one new eyedrop each morning, in addition to the twice a day glaucoma drops. After the surgery, in addition to the glaucoma drops and the once-a-day drops added to the protocol, I start a fourth prescription twice a day for a few weeks, then once a day thereafter until the end of the post-surgery process. It's every bit as complicated as it sounds, and lasts a little over six weeks. Except of course, for the glaucoma drops, which are constant and ongoing. I did finally figure out that if I use the evening glaucoma drops a couple of hours before bedtime, then when I go to bed I won't get waked up by cool liquid drops being freshly administered to my eyes. By applying them earlier, I'm able to fall asleep much more easily. I'm averse to pharmaceuticals, and feel a bit caught in a web. However, after only one cataract removed, my vision from that (left) eye is clearer and lights don't seem to glare as they did before.
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@moffittjc (40217)
• Gainesville, Florida
21 May
@blitzfrick The antibiotic eye drops seemed to help the infection, but not clear it up totally, so I'm going to try to go back to the doctor's office this week and see what the next step would be. I have a feeling it will be oral antibiotics, maybe a Z-pack to nuke the infection really good.
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@marlina (69900)
• Canada
28 May
I went through the 2 cataracts surgeries + the laser one for the "secondary cataracts" and I hated every minute of having to put the drops in. Made me very anxious. And I have tons of other prescriptions twice a day on tops of that.
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• United States
28 May
No additional scripts for me so far, fingers crossed. ::knocks on wood:: It is a stressor, having to keep the schedules straight, remembering to take or administer, remembering if one has remembered...
@PainsOnSlate (19901)
• Canada
27 May
That's good, I have no idea how long I will be using the drops. Good luck with your second, mine is on the schedule to be done in around two weeks, I might not want it done at this time and might reschedule for after camping, I don't want to have the second eye done and then be told I can't drive to the mountains....
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• United States
27 May
I get that. I was worried about being able to drive afterwards too.
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• Midland, Michigan
23 May
Yeah for that. I didn't realize that if a person had glacoma they could still get cataracts removed. I realize one is related to pressure and the other is on the lens, so probably the two never intersect, but I still didn't know. I tend to research areas of the body if I need work done there. I've yet to do anything about cataracts and may not need to for several years yet. I've had floaters since I was in my forties, but that's a precursor to a different eye ailment, not cataracts. I think if I see or can't see because of cataracts that I do have, which my eye doctor said I do, that to me it just looks like floaters and so far isn't obstructing my vision. I've had to use a separator after my knee surgery because I couldn't remember where I took my aspirin for the day and other meds needed post op either, so I fully understand.
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• United States
23 May
Floaters. I had them as a kiddo and still do. I often amuse myself by trying to make them move where I want them to go. LOL, simple minds, simple pleasures, eh? My cataract surgery was delayed for many months until the intraocular ocular pressure was reduced. He also told me that the cataract surgery might lower that pressure a bit. But he wanted to put the stents in anyway. I'll always have to use the eyedrops for glaucoma. I'm thankful that the drops for the surgery are for a limited time. It's strange that not having to use them (I finished them last week) makes my morning time seem much greater, but there you have it. I start all the rigamarole again in July in preparation for the second surgery. I'm an old hand at it now, so not so much angst involved.
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@dragon68 (779)
21 May
It's a good news to hear that! Congratulations!
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• United States
21 May
thank you
@Corbin5 (95985)
• United States
16 May
That relief will be so welcomed by you!!!!
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• United States
16 May
Indeed it is. I'm feeling relieved already, even though I still have one day left.
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@spaceseed (2894)
• India
21 May
All the best for your future
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@prashu228 (25797)
• India
16 May
Good for you. Have a great day
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