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View Topic "Careers advice for congenital glaucoma"

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Posted By: Sightline
Total Posts: 309
Joined Date: 20 Feb 2009

Hello Heppy77,

It can take between 8 to 12 weeks to totally recover from surgery. We cannot see any reason why you couldnt go back to your job as a Staff Nurse once you have fully recovered from the procedure. If you have any concerns of worries you should be able to speak to your consultant about it.


Posted : 20 Jul 2012
Posted By: Heppy77
Total Posts: 1
Joined Date: 25 Jun 2012
Hi all I\'m 35 and was diagnosed with congenital glaucoma about 2 1/2 years ago. Since then my consultant has struggled to control the pressure, changing my drops adding more (I was on 4 different drops and diamox tablets at one point). In February this year I had laser treatment which had no effect at all. My vision got progressively worse and found it very difficult adjusting to changes in light e.g. Walking into a building from outside or vice versa. At first I thought this was a side effect of the drops. I found I was constantly walking into things which I just used to laugh off as clumsiness but deep down knew it was my eye sight. Recently my pressure became so high (in the 40\'s in my right and high 30\'s in the left) my consultant made an urgent referral to moor fields eye hospital in London. I have since had trabeculectomy surgery ito both eyes a week apart. This was 2 and 3 weeks ago now and although I can see to read and am ok around the house I struggle outside my home I can\'t go shopping unaided as I can\'t see people and bump into people and obstacles. My dilemma is I am unsure if I will ever be able to return to my beloved job as a staff nurse. Can anyone offer me any help or advice on alternative careers? I\'d love to here from others Donna xx
Posted : 25 Jun 2012

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