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June 2006 IOP - I Am Full of Questions Now

Submitted by dave on Tue, 06/13/2006 - 11:00am

I went to my ophthalmologist today convinced that my IOP would be lower than it was on my last visit. After all, my IOP has been trending downward since my first visit to the ophthalmologist. I assumed all the good nutrition and health practices I have been doing are responsible for this positive trend and I'm still doing all those good things. Furthermore, I have engaged in a much more ambitious program for improving my vision and the health of my eyes these last few months.

About Dave's Blog

Submitted by dave on Thu, 04/13/2006 - 9:49pm

Welcome. I am one of several glaucoma patients who maintain a blog at My blog is my personal story of my own adventures with elevated intraocular pressure. Please consider joining us by starting your own blog here. And everyone is welcome to post questions at any time in the FitEyes forums.

All registered users (registration is 100% free) of can publish content on this site. Please visit all the blogs and forums at While great for freedom of expression, this also means that anything you read here should not be trusted for making medical decisions without checking with your doctor.

What Are Normal IOP Values at Higher Elevations?

Submitted by dave on Sun, 01/15/2006 - 1:00pm

As I mentioned in a prior post, my IOP seems to have been trending downward consistently. The only question in regard to that trend was the last IOP check at an altitude of 8000 feet above sea level. Most of my IOP measurements were done at sea level.

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My Heidelberg Retina Tomograph (HRT-II) Results for 2006

Submitted by dave on Mon, 01/02/2006 - 10:59pm


These are my HRT results from 2-January-2006. Look for my next HRT results around the end of January 2007.

This test was performed with an HRT-II. The HRT is a Heidelberg Retina Tomograph (also called scanning laser tomograph). It is made by Heidelberg Engineering, a German company.

December 2005 IOP At Elevation

Submitted by dave on Fri, 12/30/2005 - 11:00am

This eye exam was performed at an elevation of about 8000 feet using Goldman tonometry. At 8000 feet elevation, normal intraocular pressures are about 21, I'm told.

My IOP values are:

Left 19; Right 17

I'm not completely sure, but it seems like the downward trend in my IOP is continuing. This is also the first time my right IOP has been lower than the left. I'm also on vacation, and that might have something to do with the IOP values.

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My First Visual Field Tests

Submitted by dave on Wed, 09/08/2004 - 11:29am


I'm posting my visual field test results. This was the first time I've had a visual field test done and I did not enjoy it at all. The test is a bit long (about 10 minutes per eye) and boring, but the worst part is that the test reminds me how much damage has been done to my optic nerve. During the test, when I don't see any lights for a long time with my right eye, I know I'm not performing well. It's just no fun. However, I shouldn't complain because the test is not painful at all and there are a lot worse things I could have to suffer though than this!

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Allopathic Medicine Most Effective For Lowering IOP

Submitted by dave on Wed, 09/08/2004 - 11:00am

Due to the optic nerve damage I have already suffered, I must control my intraocular pressure (IOP) very well -- and allopathic medicine has the most effective tools for doing so. Of course, I'll still seek out any knowledge about lifestyle factors that could benefit glaucoma and lower my IOP. Like so many others, I have a health condition that doesn't have any easy answer.

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Two Weeks After My 'Record High' IOP

Submitted by dave on Tue, 09/07/2004 - 11:00am

I have been using Xalatan for two weeks. Today I returned for a follow-up visit with my primary ophthalmologist. At the last visit, my IOP values were:

Left 34; Right 48

Today's IOP values (using Goldman Tonometry) were:

Left 21; Right 22

I also received a diagnosis:

Pigmentary glaucoma (noted Krukenberg's spindle); scotoma (an area of decreased or loss of vision).

Follow Up Appointment With the Hot Female Doctor

Submitted by dave on Sat, 09/04/2004 - 3:00pm

It is still very hot where I live, and the doctor still doesn't use the air conditioning in her office. In spite of the discomfort, I returned for another visit.

We reviewed  all my lab tests, but she mostly focused on lifestyle factors. I have a lot of respect for that approach.

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Appointment With a Holistic Board-Certified Internist

Submitted by dave on Wed, 08/25/2004 - 11:00am

Today was my first visit with a physician in my area who practices conventional and holistic medicine. My main reason for seeing her was to see if she had any advice regarding alternative treatments for glaucoma. She gave me a complete physical and sent me to the lab for blood and urine profiles. She wanted to check my kidney function because, in her view, the health of the kidneys influences the health of the eyes.

How about a big IOP surprise for your birthday?

Submitted by dave on Mon, 08/09/2004 - 11:00pm

My wife gave me the new pair of Oakley prescription eyeglass frames I wanted for my birthday. It seemed like a small inconvenience that Oakley required me to obtain a new prescription before I could actually get my glasses. My existing prescription was about two years old, but it was obvious to me that my vision had not changed one bit. I was seeing 20/20, or better, with the current prescription and I was sure it was fine.

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