A visit to an optometrist revealed high ocular pressures, 28 in the left eye and 29 right. High pressure's over time can damage the optic nerve and slowly vision can be lost. Glaucoma can present with, or without symptoms...it can often remain silent and yet still be active.
The optometrist prescribed drops to lessen the pressure's and over a period of 2 weeks this approach appeared to work well, lowering the pressure's to 18 L and 19 R respectfully, which apparently is a good result. He suggested a visit to an ophthalmologist for laser treatment which would help drainage of the ocular regions and hence support keeping pressure's in check, eliminating the need to insert the prescribed drops daily. It is claimed that the laser procedure can grant five years or so of effective treatment, although yearly visits to re assess is recommended.
The ophthalmologist however did not agree on laser treatment and immediately opted for stronger drops. He also stated that my eyes were very seriously affected by glaucoma and that in his opinion, driving a motor vehicle was in question!
This came as a shock as I had in previous days just completed a 1500km trip on steep and demanding mountainous terrain, and on public highways, with no noticeable vision concerns and hence any driving difficulties. He also suggested an immediate CAT scan for a possible pituitary tumor! Against my better judgement I agreed to the test / scan, it came back as showing no abnormalities found...as I expected!
Upon revisiting the optometrist and relaying the findings from his referral to the ophthalmologist, he was very surprised. He pulled up previous peripheral field results and these were found to being very good? Very slight nerve damage presented to a small central region in both eyes, however nothing so serious that my central vision would be ill affected, and certainly not enough to warrant concerns re, my driving safety!
This was only the beginning of my problems! A few weeks went by and a follow up visit to the optometrist to check on the ocular pressures once again assured him that indeed things were going well. The prescribed drops were effective in keeping the pressure's at around 18 in both eyes.
However, not long after this I was sitting in a restaurant, drinking tea when suddenly I began to feel very light headed, my pulse was beating very slow and missing a beat every 2nd beat! My entire body was going into shock! My wife noticed that my hands were trembling and clammy cold, my face had drained of color, in all honesty I thought I was about to go unconscious and remain that way until timely help was summoned??
Somehow I made it back home, and after several hours began to slowly regain some level of normality. Three of four days later this happened again but worse..but why..what I had happened? In thinking things through I realized that the only thing different from my normal and healthy daily routine was the addition of the prescribed eye drops, inserted once daily at night.
I knew that some of these types of drops contained beta blockers...these medicines / cytotoxic poisons are a very dangerous class of drug. In 2015 in the EU alone, 880,000 people died as a direct result of having taken this medicine in tablet form mostly, whilst in the same year some 487,000 had died in the USA. Upon further research the drops I was taking did not contain these beta blockers...or did they? in effect do they behave the same way in certain people?
The answer is a definitive YES! an online search proceeded to disclose that indeed many people prescribed the same drops, had had, the same experience as I...frightening to say the least!
These drops carry a poison warning, they are deemed as been cytotoxic to cells, in other words this class of drug is as bad as been bitten by a highly venomous snake or spider!! What!? little wonder so many people die from these 'so called medicines'. They are clearly a poison!
WE MUST CAREFULLY ASSESS AND TREAT THE UNDERLYING CAUSE!!!!
Whilst technology and expertise CAN be supportive in assessing certain conditions, one should double check things. It turned out that although the optometrist had alerted the ophthalmologist to the rare large optic cupping I had been diagnosed with 30+ years previously as a strong glaucoma indicator, in my case this was incorrect. So extra large optic cups can be interpreted wrongly in some cases.
Get second and even or even third opinions...tap into your own knowing and always consider other alternatives. The ophthalmologist had likely never seen such very large and indeed rare optic cups as mine? The optician relayed that he likely flipped out a bit (jumped to conclusions), all professionals develop a mindset that comes from 'been on the job' day in day out, and when something out of the ordinary presents, hasty conclusions can prevail!
We are all different in a our biochemical signatures, in my case the drops caused cytotoxic shock to my entire system, and indeed had done so to many others!
As I am always looking for natural alternatives as preventative and treatment protocols I began research into how to naturally lower ocular pressure's. What I discovered comes from the Ayurveda system of medicine. This old and proven medicine (5000 years old), offered the following methodology.
By mixing the following ingredients; 4 drops each of garlic, onion, lime, ginger and Manuka honey. Not what I would call an orthodox approach by any stretch of the imagination, however as much as this concoction is very uncomfortable in the eyes, the pressure's have remained at 18.R -18L and this is after only 2 weeks of doing the above on a daily basis!
The claim is that the Ayurvedic treatment has in many cases cured glaucoma. In my case perhaps the condition may eventually turn out to be glaucoma however as long as the ocular pressure's are kept low, I stand a good chance of another 25 years of good eyesight the orthodox alternatives may have put me in an early grave!!