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

Feb 9, 2015 began Pomalyst chemo pills and dexamethasone (Pom/dex). Feb - Nov 2013 completed Velcade chemo + dex treatment for my Multiple Myeloma + anemia, a rare terminal blood cancer. Life goal: To help Multiple Myeloma patients cope with cancer. Focus of this blog will be cancer, photography, emerging tech, and improving health care. UBC MSc Grad.
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