A few weeks ago, the Glaucoma Research Foundation posted a touching article where glaucoma-sufferer Tracy Hammond speaks up about dealing with glaucoma his whole life.
Ever since he was three weeks old, Tracy, now 39, has bravely faced dozens of eye surgeries for congenital glaucoma. He developed a detached retina in his left eye, leaving that eye with no sight since age 6. He also has had to deal with cataracts. This is the reality of living with glaucoma that many people face. While there is no current cure for glaucoma, scientists and researchers are steadily working towards better treatments or even a cure, possibly even in Tracy’s lifetime.
Until then, advances in technology have made treatment and management possible. Tracy donates to the Glaucoma Research Foundation to support research towards a cure, or even better treatments. In the article, he says: “A cure would be great, but even if we don’t find a cure, if we find a new eye drop or a laser procedure or a pill that could extend my vision or someone else’s, it’s important. A home run would be nice but if we can get a few doubles here and there that helps a lot of people, too.”
Although we have not yet been able to come upon a cure, so many treatment and management options are now available to sufferers of glaucoma that were not available just years ago. There are medications, therapies, and other options for those with glaucoma to help manage the disease, and the pain that comes with it.
But it’s important to know there’s also emotional support options. Glaucoma has affected and continues to affect many. The Glaucoma Research Foundation lets you be involved in their organization in several ways, and offers https://annearundeleyecenter.com/education-news-cataracts-glaucoma/information on support groups.
Whether it’s physical or emotional management and support you need as a glaucoma patient, today’s advances in technology and research provide promising options for you. As scientists get closer to better treatments, and eventually a cure, a more positive outlook is here for those who have glaucoma.
Treating Your Glaucoma in Maryland
The Anne Arundel Eye Center (AAEC) always welcomes new patients. Led by board certified ophthalmologist Dr. Samuel Boles, AAEC offers complete ophthalmic exams as well as diagnostic pre and post-surgical eye care. AAEC is a regional leader in the diagnosis and treatment of glaucoma and our state-of-the-art treatment center is dedicated to making the best eye care accessible to everyone.
If you have any questions about Glaucoma, please contact Dr. Boles, Dr. Kathryn Gurganus Turner, and the eye care specialists here at AAEC by calling 410-224-2010. AAEC is staffed by caring and knowledgeable professionals who will help guide you on your healing journey.