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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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