Living with Multiple Myeloma: Glaucoma Specialist Update

As I have previously stated, I’m currently seeing a Glaucoma Specialist due to treatment complications when I was initially diagnosed with Multiple Myeloma. I’m very fortunate I did not lose my vision. Today’s appointment was a follow-up from September, when I was put on eye drops in my right eye, to reduce pressue caused by dexamethasone – a steroid I take as part of my chemo treatment.

I arrived at my eye specialist and after a little while my name was called. When I went in, his assistant checked my vision with an eye chart, then he gave me a Slit Lamp exam using a Slit Lamp Biomicroscope to look in my eyes, before checking my eye pressure.

Silt Lamp Biomicroscope
Slit Lamp Biomicroscope

I’m happy to report that my eye pressure has decreased:

Left eye – 17
Right eye – 13

September (put on eye drops)
Left eye – 21
Right eye – 25

January (pre-chemo)
Left eye – 16
Right eye – 14

I will continue to use Latanoprost eye drops for my right eye and I’m staying positive that my eye pressure will be in the low teens when I have my next appointment in 2014.

Just to give a recap, I am living with Multiple Myeloma (blood cancer). Since February 2013, I have been on my 4th chemo treatment called Velcade, which are weekly in-hospital injections, in addition to a variety of other pills I take to supplement my chemo treatment. You can read the background on my diagnosis and previous treatments on my blog.

BC Cancer Agency
BC Cancer Agency

About tyfn

I'm a former UBC PhD student that recently (Feb - Nov 2013) completed Velcade chemo treatment for my Multiple Myeloma, a rare blood cancer. I have been cancer-free since. To focus on my health, I'm taking a break from UBC. I enjoy capturing my everyday environment through photos and use photography as part of my healing process. This is the forum I will use to discuss photography and provide education and awareness about cancer and related health information.
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