Tuesday, May 26th, 2020

“Must I come EVERY year?”

February 8, 2018

As eye care practitioners, we hear this from many patients. Usually these are patients that seemingly have “no eye problems”. The “problem” with this thinking is that many eye conditions have no symptoms when they first start to plague us. Glaucoma tops the list. This disease is much different than getting cataracts. Cataracts have symptoms. Cataracts have a cure. Glaucoma doesn’t have either in the beginning. Glaucoma is a disease deteriorating the optic nerve. The optic nerve is responsible for taking all the sight from your eyes to the brain for processing. Without it, you don’t see. Glaucoma is the leading cause of irreversible blindness in the United States. We are also learning that it is underdiagnosed. So, think about these “letters to glaucoma” I saw in a trade journal this month as you ponder the question “Must I come every year?”:

Dear glaucoma, Once a year I make sure I don’t have you. Love, me.

Dear glaucoma, I’m not scared of that air puff. Love, me.

Dear glaucoma, I promise to stop blowing off my eye exams. Love, me.