Treatment with eye drops
Eye drops are often prescribed for the treatment of glaucoma, to lower your eye pressure. But doctors often don’t have any time to explain how to use them properly. A lot of people will stand in front of a mirror at home and squeeze the drops into their eye in some way or another. The fact that things are different with different kinds of eye drops and different manufacturers doesn’t make it any easier. For example, some bottles need to be squeezed really hard for any drops to come out. If you’re not careful, a big load might squirt out into your eye at once. And the bottles are often really small, and empty out pretty quickly if that happens a couple of times.
If you realize that you’re probably not doing it properly, you can ask your doctor or contact a support group. There are a couple of tricks that help, like using your finger to gently press the inside corner of your eye for a while after putting the eye drops in.
The blurred vision I always had in the beginning was caused by the high pressure in my eyes. This can go away if you use medication or have surgery and your eye pressure goes down. Although the symptoms can be treated in this way, it won’t repair the optic nerve.
I have blind spots in my field of vision because of the damage to my optic nerve. This affects everyone differently. Some people can’t see things on their left side, others can’t see things on the right, at the top or bottom of their field of vision. And the more the optic nerve is damaged, the worse you can see in general.
In my case, the whole of the outer edge and the sides of my field of vision are affected. The problem with my vision started at the outer edge and is gradually moving towards the middle: so if someone comes up behind me and overtakes me on my right, I won’t see them until they’re in front of me. I can’t see them beforehand out of the corner of my eye. That’s obviously a big problem if you want to drive.
Because of my trouble seeing, I don’t feel confident walking. I’m also more sensitive to bright lights, which often dazzle me, and I find it hard to see contrasts. Sidewalks are plain gray surfaces to me. If there are any bumps, I won’t see them very well, and I often only notice them when I step on them. That can sometimes be dangerous.
I also do a bit of Nordic walking, to work on my balance. Jogging is no longer an option, but the Nordic walking poles make me feel more stable and that works out quite well.