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Shocking News


Monday, December 03, 2012

I knew my reading glasses weren't cutting it, that the strength needed to be upped some. So I had an appointment with my eye doctor (Nov 29) to get them checked. Turns out I did need to increase the strength of my readers, and this time instead of getting drug store readers, I got a prescription for them because my eyes differ one from the other so much. So the new glasses are on order, and I was pretty much expecting that.

What I wasn't expecting was this.....

I found out that I have a type of Glaucoma, it is called Closed Angle Glaucoma.

Definition: Narrow angle glaucoma, also called acute angle closure glaucoma or closed angle glaucoma, is a rare type of glaucoma in which symptoms usually come on suddenly. Unlike most glaucoma, people with narrow angle glaucoma usually have severe symptoms including pain, blurry vision, redness and nausea. Some people also complain of seeing halos around lights. Narrow angle glaucoma is caused by an acute blockage of the drainage canal where fluid normally flows freely out of the eye. A buildup of fluid causes a sudden increase in intraocular pressure. Narrow angle glaucoma requires a quick diagnosis and rapid treatment, as significantly decreased vision or blindness can result within hours.

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I was shocked, in fact, I am still in shock. This will cause me to go blind!

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I feel like I see fine, just small print, etc, you know, it goes with the age. When I first got reading glasses I was 40, and that was just under 10 years ago.

So yes, shocking, but incredibly blessed. INCREDIBLY blessed! emoticon

Here's several reasons why....

There is a cure! I need to go for a procedure to have a laser burn a hole in both of my irises to alleviate the pressure and allow the fluid to drain correctly.

The surgery is painless! I am told that the surgery may be a bit uncomfortable, but the procedure is basically painless.

Recovery time is minimal! I am told that I will likely need to wear sunglasses for 4 hours or so afterwards and then my eyes will start to adjust and see properly.

The procedure is free! I am told that our health benefits will cover the cost of the procedure and it won't cost me a dime!

So, I am counting my blessings! God IS good, and He IS always there for me.

I am now waiting to hear when my laser surgery is and as soon as I know I will update this blog.

If you know of anyone that has gone through this, I would love to hear from you. I am trying not to let the fear factor set in. This is all new to me, but I know I am in good hands, because I am in God's hands.

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Update: My consultation with the ophthalmologist is Dec 18

Dec 18 Update: I had my consultation with the ophthalmologist this morning. To make a long story short, he suggested we do the procedure today, so I have already had the laser eye surgery and I am now at home! The glare off the computer is a bit bothersome, and I have a bad headache, but other than that I am doing great. Thank you for your well wishes and prayers.
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LYNETTEMOM 7/12/2013 8:29PM

    reading thru your blogs since you added me as a friend today and this is a clear God-incidence---I am way overdue to have an eye exam. I will make that appointment and get my eyes looked at. emoticon

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AZURELITE 12/27/2012 8:28AM

    Just catching up on some blogs & so have just read this one. How glad I am that your condition was found & alleviated before blindness occurred. You are blessed, that is certain.

And now I read that you're exhausted... I hope you can have a couple of quiet, restful days now so that you can regain your energy.

Blessings & hugs,
Azurelite

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LSMATZ 12/19/2012 8:37AM

    Tanya,

I just read your blog (as usual I am the caboose of the group). I am happy to hear that your problem was found and taken care of. I hope that it is a complete and swift recovery. Please take care.

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LVMAMAW 12/18/2012 7:32PM

    Praying for a quick recovery and a complete one too! Glad you caught it early!!
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KINEPS 12/18/2012 5:58PM

    OMG - Tanya!! So glad that you found out about this and were able to take care of it. It is amazing what can be done for us. My mom has glaucoma and although it was being managed with drops, she ended up having to have valves put in both eyes to eliminate the fluid build up.

Take care of yourself -

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SWEETMAGNOLIA2 12/18/2012 2:09PM

    Wow! This was a good education on glaucoma and the necessity of regular eye exams. Looking forward to your update on the surgery. Wishing you all the best and God bless.

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ELLFIN3 12/18/2012 1:44PM

    Oh My!!! Better that You did not have to fret about it! Just got it done!!!! I am glad! My thoughts and prayers are with You for a very fast healing time!! (((((HUGS)))))

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CREATIVEJOY39 12/18/2012 1:00PM

    Oh, that is just wonderful news Tanya! Wow, amazing that they could do it today as well. However, it is important to stay off the computer for a while, ok?? Get lots of rest and take good care! What a great Christmas present indeed!!
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DETERMINEDJANET 12/18/2012 12:31PM

    Nice that you were able to have the surgery done quickly and are now on the way to recovery! Hugs on the headache today.

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MILLIE5522 12/9/2012 2:44PM

    I shall be thinking of you on the 18th. emoticon

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RAINBOWCHOC 12/5/2012 5:12AM

    I used to be a dispensing Optician (many years ago) and we checked pressure routinely. If a close family member is diagnosed then people over 40 get "Free NHS" eye tests in the UK.
So glad you were diagnosed early, good luck with the procedure. You will be fine!
best wishes, Sandra

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BELTONWALKER67 12/4/2012 5:20PM

    So glad it was caught in time and that you are getting the treatment you need. Keep us posted as you can. emoticon

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SUNSHINE192DAY 12/4/2012 10:31AM

    That is quite a shock but you're right, you are in the right hands! God is good and you've been blessed with a diagnosis that came early enough to help you! Wonderful attitude to have for being in shock hun! Hope all goes well from here on out! Praying for you too!

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DETERMINEDJANET 12/3/2012 12:55PM

    wonderful news on "the fix" for this shocking news! Good thing you had that eye appointment!

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DOTTIEJANE1 12/3/2012 10:33AM

    WOW , so glad that God is in control, please keep us updated. emoticon emoticon

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KRICKET57 12/3/2012 8:51AM

    That would be a shock but it is a good thing to know now while you can do something about it. Good luck with the surgery. Hope all goes well!

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GOLFGMA 12/3/2012 7:41AM

    Wow, that is a shocker but I love your positive attitude and it seems that you are blessed. Praying that the surgery will be soon and completely cure the problem.
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