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I've had an eye pressure reading between 24-26 now for 9 years. A couple times it went down to 20. 9 years ago the optometrist I was seeing did the usual eye exam and after checking them that year said, "humm" let me think about this. 5 minutes later he came back and said I'm ok. The next year I went to someone else and he said I had a slight elevated eye pressure in both eyes, but the other tests showed absolutely no optic damage whatsoever and my vision is very good. Over the next 3 years it never changed and he told me he would watch it closely, and if it started to rise he would start prescribing the drops. It never changed and he said it's always exactly the same, could be I was born with this eye pressure and he wasn't worried one bit, but will continue to watch it. I then started going to a local optometrist and after the exam he also said I have slightly elevated eye pressure in both eyes. The first year he wasn't concerned, the second year he said maybe we should start on eye drops, but before we do, he will keep an eye on the pressure. He had me go in every 6 months for a year and a half then said - "I'm not worried about this at all because your optic nerve is excellent, but I'll keep a close watch on it and if things do start to change we'll start on the drops" He also added that since I have high blood pressure, elevated eye pressure and high blood pressure sometimes go hand in hand. (blood pressure isn't sky high, but a little elevated, plus I'm about 45 pounds overweight). In fact, I put this weight on 9 years ago, same exact time as when they started telling me my eye pressure was a little elevated. I've decided to see an ophthalmologist, if he does say it's time for eye drops, maybe even before then. They've all told me how good my eyes and optic nerve is, just that the eye pressure is a little elevated and never changes. If I do need to go on drops, so be it, but I read horrible things about heart damage, side effects, etc. I do have a heart murmur and know NOT to let them prescribe a beta blocker. Any help/suggestions/comments/advice from any of you would be much appreciated. Thank you!
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