Peggy’s Sight Saving Surgery
The American Academy of Ophthalmology (AAO) shares stories from patients whose lives have been positively impacted by proper eye care and treatment. This recent story they shared touched our hearts about a 62 year old woman named Peggy Wellman. She noticed she was having difficulty seeing so went into the eye doctor for a new pair of glasses, but learned she was going blind from glaucoma. She had already lost almost 90% of her peripheral vision without even realizing it.
Glaucoma is a disease that damages your eye’s optic nerve – the structure that carries electrical signals from the eye to the brain. If left untreated, glaucoma leads to progressive and irreversible vision loss. Because glaucoma has no symptoms, often people do not know they have it. A dilated eye exam is the only way to diagnosis this disease.
Thankfully, Peggy visited the doctor just in time and was able to have glaucoma surgery to save the remainder of her vision. Peggy’s story is common, but it doesn’t have to be. Seeing your eye care professional for a comprehensive eye exam and eye pressure check will help with early detection of glaucoma and other conditions. The American Academy of Ophthalmology encourages everyone to get a comprehensive baseline eye exam by age 40 and follow the recommendation of your doctor for follow ups. When glaucoma is detected early, your doctor can explain treatment options to help preserve your vision before any is lost.
~The Ludwick Eye Center Team