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Have just had the results of an eye scan in which I was checked for

glaucoma. The results showed some nerve damage the Dr also said there was slightly higher than normal pressure, although when he did a pressure check yesterday he said it was in the normal readings....which ever they

are.

The problem is he is unsure if it is glaucoma or just my normal deteriation

as he has no other scans/info to go on.

I do wear glasses and have regular eye tests and know that my sight is not

so good as it used to be.

I have to go back in 6 months time for another scan to compare it with

and hopefully find out more info.

BUT....the Dr has given me a prescription for drop.....Can't read his writing so don't know what they are.... If it's only suspected glaucoma I'm not sure

whether to use them.

If i do use them I'm concerned that when I have another scan it will show

a false reading. Equally I'm concerned that if I don't my eyes may get

worse.

The Dr couldn't give me an answer as to what to do so I'm hoping

someone who may have been in the same situation can offer advise as

sight is so precious.. Or any advise would be good

Many thanks.

so don't know what they are.... I'm not sure whether to take them if it's

only suspected glaucoma.

If I do take them I have to return in 2 months for a check up,

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    Don't know what state you are in or I would recomend someone.  A doctor told my family that.  I feel you either have it or you don't.  6 months is too late to wait to find out.  Find a Specialist that specializes in glaucoma... If your pressure is high and he put you on drops that is an indicator.  You don't want to wait until you end up having to have surgery; that happend to me.  One symptom of glaucoma is flashing lights in front of the eyes; there are not many symptoms.

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    Is your doctor an opthalmologist? A second opinion would be appropriate anyhow.
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      Yes..I go to the glaucoma associates in Dallas, texas...you can call or look them up and get suggestions from them on good specialist to see.  You definitely need to find a specialist and they will give you more than one test.  the testing should take at least an hour.  Plus you need to do research youself.  there is no cure for glaucoma but the drops will keep you from going blind (don't mean to sound depressing).  I've been dealing with this for a year and am still adjusting with it emotionally.   

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      Thank you..... I live in the UK..... The Dr that I'm seeing is the

      specialist, I was referred to him after abnormalities were picked up during a routine eye test.

      I went to a Pharmacist earlier to see if they could offer advise/

      read Dr's hand writting and they said the drops were to help

      bring down the pressure behind the eye and wouldn't affect the

      next scan results for the nerve damage. In her opinion she wouldtherefore use the drops.

      So I did get them and will start them today and see how it goes,

      which means I'll have a check up in 2 months time.

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    I was a glaucoma suspect for many years.  My eye pressure was on the high side so I was on drops to keep the pressure down.  Then my optic nerve showed sone changes & hemorrhage.  At that point the diagnosis was glaucoma.  

    If your Dr. Prescribed drops I would definitely use them.  It will, hopefully, lower your pressure & prevent further optic nerve deterioration. 

    I am am niwcat the point in one eye that the drops no longer work & will have a stent put in to aide drainage.  But I am now 10 years into my initial visit.  

    Glaucoma can can cause blindness.  But if it is treated before optic nerve damage affects vision there is a very good chance you will not go blind.  However, once the optic nerve is damaged it cannot be fixed.

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      Thank you....

      I've been using them since Friday so we'll see how things go.

      I can only take them for 30 days then have to throw any

      remaining drops away. I'm not due a check up for 2 months

      and the Dr only gave me a months supply so I'm hoping any

      changes, go or bad, in the Optic nerves will still show on the

      next scan.

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