The eye laser surgery I had scheduled is done in my left eye. The medical term for the procedure is peripheral iridectomy. Everything went well and the doctor was able to see a big change in the angle of my eye an hour later. My only issue is that I had a reaction to the cream that is used on the lens that was put into my eye when the procedure was done.
Because my eyes are very dry from Sjogren’s Syndrome, my doctor believes that the cream irritated my eye. So instead of going home and being able to put on my glasses and get online, I was stuck with a washcloth over my eye, keeping my eyes closed and adding artificial tears every hour or so. The prescription drops burned my eyes so much that I didn’t even want to use them.
Reminding myself that I needed this procedure and that it made a huge difference in treating the narrow angle glaucoma kept my spirits up. I slept on and off all night having to put drops in, change the washcloth and try not to focus on the pain. I also kept in mind that the next day I’d be able to wear my eyeglasses, read, go online and do my normal activities.
I’ll be having the second laser surgery next week on my right eye. This way both eyes are treated for the glaucoma. All I’ll need after that is my regular checkups, probably every three months. Plus my eyesight will be checked to see if I need prescription glasses. I’ll be having my angles and pressure checked during my visits for the rest of my life, but saving my eyesight is worth it.
I’m happy that I have an opthalmologist who does a thorough check up and caught the glaucoma when he did. And with modern medicine, the eye laser surgery is much easier than the old type of surgery where I’d have to have my iris cut. So many things have changed including the ability to buy glasses online, which can save lots of money. Although having glaucoma isn’t fun, focusing on the positives is how I get through.