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I have so many things to talk with us all about on the glaucoma in my right eye.
But this is the matter that I was looking for in the internet, and then I said to myself, there must be some glaucoma forums in the net.
So, I am now registered in this forum.
Thanks to the founder and operator and staff here, for the ease with which I got registered.
You see, five weeks ago I learned that I have glaucoma in my right eye.
The doctor who examined me prescribed Travatan once a day before bedtime.
So I complied with the prescription, and after two weeks from that date I went back to the Eye Center, for another examination.
This time another doctor examined my eyes, both eyes.
1. Continue as before with Travatan on my right eye.
2. Also do Travatan on my left eye.
3. And do Timolol in addition to my right eye
4. Go and 'buy' a Glaucoma Package, cost 3,980.00 pesos ( I am in the Philippines ).
When I got home, I read a lot as usual on glaucoma, since when I learned that I have glaucoma - for I was thinking that I have on both eyes cataract, in particular very badly with my right eye.
The doctors here in this Eye Center who examined me seem to show little concern about cataract in my both eyes: they are concerned however with glaucoma in my right eye.
I decided to just continue with Travatan as before, only on my right eye and as before once a day before bedtime.
Why have I decided to not comply fuly with the prescription of the second doctor?
Because I say to myself, the only thing I need is Travatan, period.
Three weeks after this second visit, I checked in again to the Eye Center ( it is a section in a large govt hospital where they have all kinds of doctors for all kinds of diseases and health concerns ).
This time another doctor examined my eyes ( you see, these are what are called resident doctors, meaning doctors in training in their chosen specialty, like in the present case, ophthalmology ).
I told this third doctor that I must confess that I just continued for five weeks with only Travatan on my right eye, once a day before bedtime, and I notice that my right eye seems to see better now - though it is still useless, unlike my left eye which is my working eye for all purposes eyes are useful for.
He told me to wait in the waiting hall, for he would consult his Senior.
Okay, now what happened?
This fourth doctor told me to follow the prescription of the second doctor, plus 'buying' the Glaucoma Package.
With all respect and cordiality, I told him, that No, I am going to continue with only Travatan on my right eye, and I am not going to buy the Glaucoma Package.
He told me that he would not schedule my next visit, unless I go and subscribe to the Glaucoma Package.
With all due respect and cordiality, I told him that it is the policy of the hospital that after every visit, the consulting doctor must schedule the patient for his next visit - that is the normal routine.
This resident doctor is younger than me as to be young enough to be my grandson though now a doctor in medicine.
And I told him, Son, you'd better schedule me, otherwise where would I go to continue with my eye trouble?
So he scheduled me for my next visit to take place after more than two months and a half after the present one - instead of the regular two weeks after a present visit.
That did not bother me, you know why?
Because I will just the same check in at the Eye Center after two weeks, and the staff person on duty will get my eye card ( some kind of ID card which every patient must bring with him, to get service from the Eye Center ), and I will get attention just the same on a first come first serve basis.
Now, back to my original question or concern.
Do you anyone with what I might call simple glaucoma, experience improvement in your glaucomatous eye, and that with Travatan only.
When doctors here get mad at me for not following a doctor's prescription, and also some instruction to 'buy' some procedure, please bear with me: because I am of the idea that I have a say with how doctors treat my medical and health concerns.
So, dear colleagues here, what are your experiences?
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