Halos after shunt surgery

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Hi there 

About 8 weeks ago I had shunt surgery (ahmed shunt) for my glaucoma. About a week after the halos I experienced before the surgery where back, and so is the blurred vision when I wake up in the morning. I still use eye drops (for lowering pressure) two times a day, which seems to help both the halos and the blurred vision. There is no other symptoms that the pressure is too high, nor is it too high when it's measured. Everything looks like I'm recovering fine, and theres no explanation for the continuing halos. Does anyone have any experience with this? I'm kind of worried every morning when my vision is messed up until it's somewhat normal a little while after since halos and blurred vision before the operation where red alert symptoms and something we were trying pretty hard to avoid smile 

I really hope it goes away (soon!) and hope somebody can share their experiences. 

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    I am also an Ahmed Shunt recipient.  Mine was emergency surgery to lower dangerously high IOP.  Blurred vision and especially double vision were regular morning greetings which are now a memory.  When I turn my head to the right the double vision is still there and I have learned to live with it.  I am not your surgeon but would bet he/she would say "Give it some time".

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      Thanks for your reply smile 

      I know I probably should be more patient but especially the halos scares me a lot. Not a lot to do about it though. Can I ask, how long it took before you went back to (more or less) normal? 

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      Glaucoma can be cure by using proper medication and food intake. Proper food intake is one of the best medication for glaucoma used. I also had this disease but I don't want to do any sugary that's why my doctor suggest me to eat some healthy food which gives the best effect on your vision strength like onion, green cabbage etc. Its really useful and gives faster results than other medication.

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    I was also very impatient but was reminded that it could take up to a year.  It did take close to a year.  Hang in there.
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      A year! Thanks smile That's actually very good to know. I had the impression that it would only be a couple of months. I can wait a year if there's a chance it'll get better. 

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      Glad to hear this may be normal with a shunt.  After years of drops, a laser surgery, cataract removal (and yes, proper diet) my vision loss became so significant a shunt was recommended for me.  Three weeks ago I had a Baerveldt shunt inserted in the left eye.  Doctor recommended Baerveldt over Ahmed for me, but said both work similarly.

      I knew double-vision was a possible side effect.  I am still experiencing it every time I close my eye for an extended period.  Mornings are pretty scary cause it takes time to clear up.  It seems to me like my left eye is not connected to my brain and my right eye!  I will give it time.  In the meantime, it is frustrating when family and friends don't understand how slow this recovery can be.  Thanks for the words of encouragement.

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    Glaucoma can be cure by using proper medication and food intake. Careprost is one of the best medication for glaucoma used by many people to cure ocular disease like glaucoma. Use it its really nice eye drop. I also had this disease but I don't want to do any sugary that's why my doctor suggest me to use careprost eye drop. Its really best eye drop for glaucoma. 

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