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