High IOP and Large disc cupping advice

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Hi everyone, I went for a routine two year check up and was told I have high IOP. First time I did the puff test it was 24 and the made me do it a second time it was 22. They said my Disc cupping was large so he referred me to the eye clinic. I have two appointments one for the visual field clinic and then after that's finished the glaucoma clinic. I'm only 38 and panicking due to the fact I need to drive and I also paint landscape paintings. My appointment is for tomorrow. Could you please let know what I am in for tomorrow? And at what pressure you was given eye drops for? Any heads up warning and information would be fantastic.

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    My eye pressures were in the 30s when I was first given Travatan drops, which brought them down to 20, where they stayed for a few years, then a few months ago they went up to 23 so I was also given Azopt drops which brought the pressures back down. 

    The visual field test is done on each eye seperately, you have to press a button every time you see a little light, some are bigger than others so you need to concentrate. At the Glaucoma clinic they will anaesthetise your eyes with drops, then take a pressure reading, not the puff test (I always find that is much lower). Then they will put some drops in your eyes to dilate your pupils so they can see your optic nerve and take an image. This makes your vision a bit blurry and you can't drive for a least a couple of hours Hope this helps.

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      Do you have to go directly to sleep after applying the Travatan? My opthamologist suggests that I do as the drops work best at bedtime. I would like to apply them and watch television for awhile until I am sleepy.

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      of course not, and some doctors think you should take drops on arising in the morning;  pressures do tend to rise during sleeping so i can see why they would say take at night, which i have always thought was best, however my doc says no. 
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    first started on drops at 22, that is their baseline to beging prescribing.  the field vision test is no big deal, just look at light dots in a machine and click away.  Yyou definitely need to see an ophthalmologist.  The puff test is inadequate and you should be seen by a specialist (ophthalmologist) who will give more accurate readings and prescribe eye drops if necessary.
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      I have age related glaucoma (I'm 60) and I cannot tolerate, no matter how hard I try, the placing of the gauge on my eyeball.  Has anybody any strategies or remedies for this as it is making accurate readings very difficult for the opthalmologist.  I am taking eye drops in my left eye only at the moment Latanoprost.

       

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