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Take a minute and think about your eyesight

I have advanced glaucoma and a dislocated lens and I'm not going blind, says Dr. Liu


A model of a lens implant.
Dr. Liu shows me a large model of the lens implanted in my eyes.

It's the morning after a very good visit and examination with one of my ophthalmologists, Dr. Kevin Liu of Lansing (MI) Ophthalmology.  Fifteen years ago, he did cataract surgery on both of my eyes where he swapped my cloudy lenses for implants.

For seven years after I almost didn't need to use glasses.  Prior to the surgery, I was severely near-sighted and could hardly move without wearing them.  Then, it changed in 2007 when the lens implant in my right eye came loose.  It was explained to me that because of my near-sightedness, the implant didn't anchor to the tissue as well as it should.


Well, it happened four more times, including now, when one hook has come loose resulting in a variety of visual symptoms, including occasional double-vision.

Through the ophthalmology practice that I go to, I have been to, at least, nine different doctors, several of whom practice sub-specialties.  They are an incredible group of healers who have an amazing amount of knowledge, but I felt confused and frustrated with a feeling of being unable to pull it all together.  I was unsure about where I stood visually.  And, of course, the big question was, "Am I going blind?"

So, Dr. Liu invited me to sit down with him to discuss my case, my present status and my visual future.  Going into the examination and the meeting, I was unsure about the outcome.  Would I get my questions answered?

Well, I feel I did.  Bottom line, I'm not going blind given my 12 years of glaucoma treatment and management with them.  He pulled out my electronic file, showed me my visual field tests over that period of time, showed me my eye pressures and how they have gone down from the forties to 17 to 19 in both eyes.  He said my disease is being managed.


Dr. Liu shows me what happened to my lens implant.
Using this diagram, Dr. Liu shows what happened to my lens and what the surgical options are.

 It's progression has been slow and has resulted in optic nerve loss.  But because of my near-sightedness, my optic nerve is thicker than the average.  If I recall correctly what he said, this loss result in my glaucoma being described as advanced, but not the stage where my vision has deteriorated to a narrow tunnel.

What does this mean?  I have a very complicated set of eyes that need to be watched and managed and dealt with.  My eyedrops and my regular eye exams are key.  He said the number of dislocated lenses that I've had put me in an elite category of patients.

I thank God for my sight and for everything that I've seen in my lifetime.  I also thank Him for Lansing Ophthalmology and for Dr. Liu.  He's really important to me and to my visual future.