Yesterday was the day of my SLT aka Selective Laser Trabeculoplasty. This is a laser procedure on my eyes to keep them from developing eye popping pressure. My eyes won’t actually pop but I would slowly go blind if it wasn’t treated. The pressure damages the optic nerve. The surgery takes only a few minutes and is only mildly uncomfortable. This is the 5th time I have had this done. It keeps me from having to use medicated drops in my eyes on a daily basis. My father has to use the expensive and irritating eye drops 2 times daily and has been for 35 years. I am lucky because this eye problem was diagnosed early because I get regular eye exams. this is one bonus of wearing glasses. I included some information and links that might be helpful to you or someone you love. I feel it is important to spread the word because glaucoma often goes untreated until your vision has been permanently damaged or lost. There is no cure at this time for glaucoma there is only life long treatment.
Glaucoma is a leading cause of blindness in the United States.
Often there are no symptoms at first, but a comprehensive eye exam can detect it.
People at risk should get eye exams at least every two years. They include
- African Americans over age 40
- People over age 60, especially Mexican Americans
- People with a family history of glaucoma
Early treatment can help protect your eyes against vision loss. Treatments usually include prescription eyedrops and/or surgery.
Glaucoma can also make your eyes very sensitive to light. This I know first hand. Bright light is very uncomfortabe for me. Here is a link to give you a bit more information on sunglasses and light sensitivity with glaucoma [ a guide to sunglasses ]
Some websites with more detailed glaucoma information