Wednesday, January 08, 2014

8 Days into the New Year

About four weeks ago my Ophthalmologist determined that the pressure inside my right (bad one) eye was getting too high and scheduled me for a laser treatment/surgery to reduce the pressure.  It's called trabeculoplasty and only takes a minute or less.  There are some zapping sounds as the laser burns away tissue that is clogging areas of the eye where fluids drain.  It's not the tear ducts which perform an entirely different function. I was given some numbing drops before hand but I still felt a sort of 'mild mosquito bite' each time I heard the zap.  I was able to drive home and never suffered any pain or blurriness.

I returned today for a routine followup visit and pressure check.  The right eye seems to be doing what he expects at this point.  It will probably drop another point or two over the next six months.

But the left (good one) eye also has some pressure buildup and he doesn't want to take any chances that it might damage my eye.  So I'm set to go back Saturday morning to have it treated.

Good way to start the New Year - surgery within the first few days.  But I'm very lucky that I have a doctor that pays close attention to something that blinds thousands of people around the world who do not have access to either the doctors or the treatment.

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