In between all the DIY, creating, gardening, parenting and blogging, there is real life. Things outside our control…
Like the day about 3 years ago that I found out I was at risk for a Narrow Angle Glaucoma attack. Never heard of it, ever.
During a routine eye exam, my doctor told me that I had the most interesting eyes she had ever seen and before I could blush with delight she went on to describe a terrifying scenario.
Because of the shape of my eyes and the fact that aging pushes the iris forward, I was at risk of the drainage angles of my eyes closing. When this happens the results are excruciating pain and potential permanent damage can occur to the optic nerve within hours if not treated.
Of course, not only were my angles closing, they were closing differently than normal and would more than likely happen in about 3 years, but it could happen suddenly. Great!
But, not to worry she said, the solution was simple. Once the closure was at the danger level, they would take a laser and make holes in my iris’s which should permanently correct the problem.
I was terrified at both what was going on and the solution.
But, 100 years ago, I would have gone blind. I don’t want to be blind.
So every six months I would go in to have her take a look at my angles. Oh and to complicate matters, I suffer from migraines and sinus issues so I was constantly worried that I would have an abrupt closure and I would just chalk it up to the usually misery and suffering. Every six months we talked about it and she had to explain it over and over to me.
It was surreal, like, how could this be happening to me? The pressure in my eyes had always been normal! Always! And what does she mean small narrow eyes? My eyes don’t look that small.
Then last month, I went in for my appointment and as she looked at my eyes, she told her assistant that she would not be dilating my eyes. She went on to explain that things were progressing and strange things were happening like my hazel/green eyes were turning blue and the edges of my iris’s were jagged. She made an appointment for me to see the surgeon 2 days later. Freak out!
Two days later, it was confirmed, the angles in both my eyes had completely closed. The surgeon could not believe that I was not in a full blown attack. I could not believe this was happening. Nothing hurt, I could see fine, no nausea, but it was happening…
Some numbing drops were placed in my eyes and I was taken back to a room that I had never seen before and sat in a chair. The nurse held my head and the surgeon place what looked like a metal nut off a bolt in my eye. I felt tapping in my eye and it was over very quickly.
It was not much different than a normal eye exam except the fact that I knew holes were being made in my eyes. Which, I gotta tell you is a little stressful, but not as stressful as going blind or having a needle stuck in your eye.
You can read all about Narrow Angle Glaucoma here. I can’t stress how important it is to get a complete eye exam yearly by a good and knowledgeable eye doctor.
It is not just about vision, it is about the health of your eyes and getting in front of issues like this. Oh and it is important to mention that NAG can happen at any age.
I am so relieved that this is over and that my eyes are functioning properly now. I don’t have to worry about every headache and bout of nausea wondering if it has happened.