Living with Glaucoma

Green eye in a green and white triangle.
About twenty years ago I was diagnosed with glaucoma. It began as an acute attack sending me to the emergency department on a number of occasions, but by the time I sat in the waiting room for a few hours, the early symptoms were gone, and general on-call doctors found nothing wrong. I was told that it was most likely a migraine headache, and indeed I did suffer serious headaches during these attacks.

Since it seemed I could see just fine afterwards, I took the doctor at his word each time, going home with some prescription pain medications in case of any future headaches.

The last "headache" resulted in a diagnosis - one that had the potential to change my life forever.

This is my story in a nutshell. Since it's a lifelong disease, the story doesn't end until I'm gone, but it changes as we age and acquire treatment and care.

Green and whit glaucoma ribbon with information and facts.

J.Gracey Stinson