Eye Health

I truly hope most you haven’t and don’t ever experience problems with your eye health, because those just additional chronic illnesses that no one needs (not that anyone needs ANY chronic illness in the first place, but you know what I mean!). Eye health problems usually become more frequent as we age, so typically you see people fifty and older with them. I have always laughed because whenever I have seen my ophthalmologist, I’m always the youngest person in the waiting room (I’m sure my younger brother feels the same way too). Now when I talk about eye health, I’m not necessarily meaning poor eyesight and thus needing to wear glasses. That’s quite common. What I mean is having some kind of eye disease or illness – cataracts, glaucoma, diabetic retinopathy, etc.

IMG_7994 2My glasses prescription is also pretty strong but I typically wear contacts so you’d never know.

To give you some context, both of my parents have glaucoma. My paternal grandmother also had glaucoma and was legally blind for several years before she died. My father has had surgery on his eyes, and both my parents have had laser treatments and eye drops. They were also both diagnosed older. However, because glaucoma is hereditary, my brother and I have always seen an ophthalmologist so that we can be tested yearly “just in case.” For me, just in case turned out to be an actual thing shortly after my 29th birthday. My eye pressure in both eyes was too high, and I subsequently had laser treatment to bring down the pressure. I ended up having the treatment twice that summer and then it became suitable.

IMG_7995 2How I learned the basics of glaucoma back in the day – informational posters at the ophthalmologist’s office.

Now, in the 6 years since, I have not had high eye pressure again, though it continues to be monitored yearly. Cannabis has shown to have mixed results in studies using it for glaucoma but using it for chronic pain is one of the lifestyle changes I have made in the past four years. Is this helping keep my eye pressure down? I don’t know but it’s interesting to consider. Like all other aspects of my health, keeping on top of it is something I do, which is as simple as making sure I see my ophthalmologist as frequently as she suggests. Understanding anything you are predisposed to is also an essential part of taking care of your health, so getting tested regularly for those things is something I highly recommend!

IMG_7996 2Getting tested regularly for any health issues is an essential part of being a chronic illness warrior!

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