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Glaucoma and More

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  • Posted By: Blindchick
  • January 16, 2010
  • 00:17 PM

I am a 41 year old woman with a bit of a nasty history of eye problems, which I will detail for you in a minute. What I am trying to find out, is there perhaps one diagnosis for all these problems, ie. something that includes most of these problems and if that one illness/disease whatever, is treated, then the balance of the problems will go away.
As a child I was always highly myopic. Have a birth defect of the left of the left optic nerve and astigmatism in right eye.

At 18 years old, diagnosed with retinal problems, detachments, holes. Had what was explained to me at the time as a band and buckle implant in left ey. Had gas inserted into the left eye, had cryosurgery? on both eyes and some form of argon treatment (quite a few times) on both eyes.

At 25, on the advice of gynae (just prior to birth of first child) had a checkup and was diagnosed with open angle glaucoma. Treated with Diamox, pilocarpine, Betagan and Trusopt.

Over the next few years had cataract surgery in both eyes, have had Trabeculectomies in both eyes, had a supra chorodial haemorrage, in one eye after Trab. surgery.

Currently have very severly reduced visual fields and what I have been told are severly cupped optic discs, if this makes sense. There are a myriad of medical terms that have been told to me, that tell me that my eyes are in bad shape.

Visited an optometrist yesterday, to get advice on reading glasses, and was told that I have water on my cornea in my right eye.

I have also been told by one specialist that I have a pigmentary dispersion syndrome, in which the iris particles are rubbing off and blocking up the trab network.

No two specialists ever give me the exact same diagnosis, although presented with the same history.

At one stage in the last 4 years I was being treated for Glucose intolerance, and put onto medication used to treat diabetics. My sugar has stabilised and I no longer need medication. I also have polycystic ovaries, was diagnosed at 17 with epillepsy, although tests done about 10 years ago do not concur with the eariler diagnosis.

Recently been experiencing severe sharp, burning pain in left eye (almost no vision in this eye) and the right eye has become very blurred.

Any thoughts or opinions would be more than appreciated.

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