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Glaucoma - March 19th 2018, 05:43 PM

So my eye doctor told me that I have glaucoma, he checked me with that little new gun machine rather than the larger one. I'm 26. Is this even possible? I mean, it has to be but I am pretty young yet. When I go back to pick up my glasses he's going to dilate my eyes to see what type of glaucoma it is that I have. Should I get a second opinion? However, every eye doctor is going to us the same machine. So I'm wondering if it would even be worth my time to go to another doctor.


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Re: Glaucoma - March 19th 2018, 07:05 PM

I have it too, diagnosed at 20. Anyone can get it at any age, even babies can have it. Most people don't have any symptoms, but I did, and if I have to go without meds for some reason, I get symptoms again within 24 hours. You're always welcome to get a,second opinion, but they will use the same tests and your eyes will look the same. You will most likely have the wide angle, its a lot more common and the one where you DON'T have to worry about interactions with meds or emergency surgery. Eye drops daily will treat it, and you'll get used to them. You'll also have extra tests to monitor it, and might have to go in more often, especially to figure out eye drops that work for you without unmanageable side effects.

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Re: Glaucoma - March 19th 2018, 07:11 PM

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I have it too, diagnosed at 20. Anyone can get it at any age, even babies can have it. Most people don't have any symptoms, but I did, and if I have to go without meds for some reason, I get symptoms again within 24 hours. You're always welcome to get a,second opinion, but they will use the same tests and your eyes will look the same. You will most likely have the wide angle, its a lot more common and the one where you DON'T have to worry about interactions with meds or emergency surgery. Eye drops daily will treat it, and you'll get used to them. You'll also have extra tests to monitor it, and might have to go in more often, especially to figure out eye drops that work for you without unmanageable side effects.

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Thanks for the reply It's good to know that most people don't have symptoms because I don't think I have any. I probably could without knowing though. I guess I should do some research.


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Re: Glaucoma - March 22nd 2018, 07:01 PM

I don't have glaucoma! Apparently he said it was his machine at his other office. I went to a different office this time and they checked my peripheral vision and took pictures of the inside of my eye, and they all came back negative for glaucoma. So yay! This can be closed now.


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Re: Glaucoma - March 22nd 2018, 07:43 PM

Glad to hear it was just the machine! I'll go ahead and close this thread


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