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04/04/2011 12:04 PM

Eye Pressure: What's the best number?

Lifecloud
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Hi,

I've heard a wide range of suggested "optimal" eye pressure and I'm curious about this. What is really the best pressure to achieve? I read that "normal" pressure is under "21," but my doctor keeps telling me he wants to get it lower.

I've also heard people with glaucoma tell me their eye pressure is sometimes lower than 10 or between 10 and 20.

So now I'm confused about my ideal eye pressure goals.

Linda

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04/07/2011 01:40 PM
shellie
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My eye doctor as always wanted mine to be around 15 to 19....but for some reason I never get below 22 ...in the eye thats needs drops..My good eye stays around 16...which is the eye I had lazer surgery on to help keep the pressures down...My eye doctor did say anything under 20 is pretty good with glaucoma but they like to strive for lower....under 10 is uncommon even for non glaucoma patients...to low of pressure can lead to vision problems also....good luck on your pressures

shellie


04/08/2011 12:34 PM
Lifecloud
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Ah! Thanks for this information. My poor left eye has been through some trauma in the past few years as my doctor and I experimented with drops, laser surgery (I had laser iridotomy, as well as the typical laser surgery for glaucoma), and this latest surgery along with the cataract removal. I'm pleased with the 18 reading and hope to keep it at this level.

For a long time, my pressure held at between 22 and 26 and I know how frustrating this can be. Added to this frustration was the sensitivity I had to the drops which caused rashes or weird side effects.


04/08/2011 04:13 PM
shellie
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My eye drops make my eyes tender...for some reason....but yah gotto go with what works...I have tried so money kinds of meds..not many work for me....

04/16/2011 07:15 PM
janney550

I've also had sensitivity to my glaucoma eye drops. I'd been using Combigan and Lumigan and I wound up with swollen, crusty eyelids and they itched like mad. I'm off of those now and on another drop which seems to be much better, yet I do get redness under the eye and sometimes the eye gets bloodshot.

Since I switched to the new eye drop (forgot its name), my pressure went way up to 28. My ophthalmologist told me to come asap to get a certain kind of laser treatment to lower the pressure back to normal and I'll know in about another 4 weeks if it worked when I have my follow-up appointment

I also had cataract surgery on that same eye in August 2010 and now I have moderate bluriness which will hopefully be corrected by use of another type of laser treatment.

My eye problems began back in 2009 when that retina detached and I had surgery to re-attach it. I did suffer slight central vision loss, but I'm doing okay.

My mom has had glaucoma for a number of years so I probably inherited it from her. I just hope the pressure can go back down and the blurriness will go away when I get the laser treatment for it.

Wishing everyone here a nice end to the weekend!


04/17/2011 07:45 AM
Lifecloud
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Janney550, I hope this laser treatment works for you. I can certainly understand where you are in this process right now. I had the laser treatment first, then the surgery. The surgery I had "damaged" (directed damage using a laser) a portion of my iris that helped my eye stop producing as much fluid ... the cataract removal was included. This seems to have helped a lot and reduced the pressure a great deal when nothing else seemed to.

I've been working on all this since 2005. At my last visit, the surgical eye pressure was 18, and the other eye 19. Funny how my right eye "cooperated" with my left, even though I only had surgery on the left. I had an eye injury around 1990 that I believe started the glaucoma. No one in my family has ever had this.


03/07/2014 07:03 AM
moniica1970
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Hi Linda I don't know if this will be of any help but i went to the eye Dr. Yesterday n he told me that I have Glaucoma that mine was at 24 he said we would have to watch it because when you get in the high 20s you start going blind which I can't see well at all now so I'm going to make an appointment with a specialist to try and keep my sight as long as I can. I am only 44 and would like to see my grand kids grow up. I will keep you up to date on the eye pressure if you would like? Hope i can help Monica

04/02/2014 05:45 AM
wolfmanpark
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Shellie is correct idea pressure is right around 16. I am just over 24 average at any given time. No matter the drops that have tried. I can smoke medical mary J and it comes down to normal though. Not promoting at all just an option.
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