Hello and welcome to Case of the Day. I’m Dr Jim Croley and today we’re gonna talk about an interesting gentleman who came in today. He’s got a history of open angle glaucoma. I’ve only seen this person one time previously, several months ago. And he only decided to come in today because his prescription for his drops for his glaucoma had expired and obviously when he called in to get a prescription, we haven’t seen him for almost eight months. We didn’t want to give him a prescription because he really needed to be seen.
So, if you have glaucoma, it’s very important that you maintain and keep your appointments because glaucoma and almost all cases does not cause any symptoms. So people who develop glaucoma don’t realize it that almost all those cases because there’s no symptoms. And so people slowly, over time, from regular open angle glaucoma, lose little pieces of their side vision slowly over time. Our brains are so smart that we learn to adjust to that because it’s so slow so our eye would turn more to the side if we’re losing a little bit more of our side vision or we would turn our head. So really no one comes into my practice and says, “Hey, Doc, I got glaucoma ’cause I can’t see to the side.” Doesn’t really happen.
So even though this gentleman thinks he’s okay, he’s not okay. In fact, before he came to see me, he’d lost almost all of his vision in one eye from glaucoma and he only had a little piece of what’s called, in common layman terms, ‘tunnel vision’. And so even though he could see nearly 20/20 in that little tunnel, he still lost all of this side vision and so therefore he was not being well controlled and by trying to play a little game here and there about not coming in and try to get his medicines he was actually damaging his own vision.
So if you have glaucoma, this is serious. You do not get vision back once you’ve lost it from glaucoma. It doesn’t cause symptoms so a common, some term that we used sometimes for glaucoma is called the ‘thief in the night’. Because it would steal your vision and you really don’t know that. So if your doctor is telling you to come back, make sure you do those appointments, and make sure if you’re on eye medicines for glaucoma, that you take those medicines because it’s vitally important ’cause you know, we get only one pair of eyes and vision loss from glaucoma is irreversible.
So that’s today’s tip in Case of the Day. If you have any question, you can contact us through the website and may God grant you great vision and healthy eyes.