Glaucoma Surgery 9/5/19

On September 5th, 2019 I went into my 8th eye surgery at Northwestern Hospital. This was the 1st surgery on my left eye which for those who don’t know, is my only seeing eye.

I had an Ahmed Valve Shunt placed in my left eye to control high pressure. Before surgery my IOP (intraocular pressure) would spike to 50 I was given and on 4 eye drops and 1 pill would sit around 30. I was under local light sedation and since my left eye is the eye I use to se me I was fully aware and alert for most of the surgery.

Thankfully surgery was completed in an hour and I got to head home an hour postop. My mom and husband did a wonderful job directing me and guiding me the first 24 hours since my seeing eye was patched.

The next day was my follow up appointment and I got my patch removed! Initially I was told my sight may not come back in my left eye for a few months but to my surprise I am actually seeing very well!

My IOP after surgery was 12, which is amazing!! Normal IOP should be around 15 so both my Doctors were very happy with how it went.

I did have some bleeding in my eye but that is standard. I also have dissolvable stitches in my eye that should dissipate one to two weeks postop.

I shared some more in depth pictures over on my Instagram if you want detailed daily updates! Today about one week and 4 days post op I feel back to normal and ready to take on the world.

Justin and I also started vlogging… which has been such a fun way for me to experience the things we’re doing visually. Since my vision decreased in 2017 real life lacks luster. Thankfully videos and photos bring me back to that moment do I can enjoy the memories visually now!! It’s been so fun seeing our little world through our YouTube channel. We are only doing YouTube for ourselves so we have archives of the adventures we had!!

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