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My mother is 89 yrs old. She has Glucoma. she says her eyes

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My mother is 89 yrs old. She has Glucoma. she says her eyes has a glidder to them when she looks. she has a lot of tear flow also, could this be causing her eyes to gildder with her vision.
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How long does this glitter in her vision last?

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What glaucoma drops does she use?

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Customer: replied 5 years ago.
sorry, grace uses combigan and Lumigan.both at night and Comb morning and night.
Thanks for that information.
Could you tell me a little bit more about what she means when she says that her vision has glidder? Does she mean shimmering in the periphery that lasts 20 minutes to an hour or so?
Or is it always there no matter what?
Does blinking make it better?
Anything more detail you can give me would be helpful.
Customer: replied 5 years ago.

yes it last about 20 to 35 mintures. she wapes her eye before I can get her to blink. She says if she put her hands on each side of her head next to her eyes she does not see it. she thinks it is some medication she may be taking. I think she is over mediateing her eye at night with the drops, she put more then one drop sometimes. Could this be the problem, she will not let anyone put her drops in for her.


Ok. I believe I know what is going on now.
It sounds like your mother is suffering from ocular migraines. I do not think this is a medicine effect.
If she is using artificial tears she can not use too much. If she is using more of her glaucoma meds then she is just wasting the medicine as it will not lower her eye pressure any further by using more.
Let me give you some information about ocular migraines:
A typical migraine headache starts with shimmering lights, often times they surround a blurry area or have dots or jaggedly lines associated with them. They tend to progressively increase in intensity and sometimes march across the visual field causing difficulty with reading. Many times this is then accompanied by nausea, irritability, sensitivity to bright lights and/or loud noises. After the onset of the lights (called scintillating scotomas), the headache typically starts and the light show tends to progressively go away.
Many people can have this migraine phenomenon WITHOUT the headache; it is called an acephalgic migraine. Some people even start having these late in life, or may have had a few much earlier in life that behaved differently and haven't had any for decades and then begin to have them; this is not uncommon. A family history of migraines is often present as well.
This is nothing to worry about. It is not a sign of a more serious underlying condition, brain tumor or anything like that. If the episodes become so frequent that they are bothersome there are medicines that can be used to decrease their frequency or stop an episode once it has started.
I, personally, have been suffering from this condition for almost 30 years. I almost never got the headaches after the visual effects.
Does this make sense to you?
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Customer: replied 5 years ago.

Yes sir this very helpful. Thank you for the information. I will try to explain this to her.

thanks so very much.

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