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Xalatan, and the drops like it, are excellent for lowering your eye pressure and have no significant systemic side effects. Is there any possibility that you could learn to live with this tingly feeling knowing that your vision will be preserved?
It is not something I want to live with
Ok. I can understand that. As far a having glaucoma surgery so that you don't have to use drops....well, that is a good idea on the surface. The fact of the matter is that many patients, even after undergone a trabeculectomy need to take glaucoma drops to control their pressure. If you really can't stand the drops, however, then I guess you have no other choice then to go under the knife.
Surgery is a viable option, given the limitations above. I do, however, agree with your optometrist -- any surgery, especially glaucoma surgery, is prone to complications. Some of these complications will be beyond the ability of your local optometrist to treat and will require another trip to your surgeon.
Most any ophthalmologist will be able to safe do your surgery however, a glaucoma expert would be the most skilled at this type of work. There are many excellent eye surgeons in Seattle
I personally know Dr. Richard Mills and would let him do glaucoma surgery on me or my family. He has recently returned to the seattle area and here is a link to his website:
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