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  • Q&A with Australian Health Practitioners

    Possible Glaucoma diagnosis?

    Hi, I've been getting watery eyes for some time now, where it is as though I am crying, but I'm not actually crying. I also tend to see halos around bright lights and get sore eyes where it feels like they are trying to pop out of my head. Over the last year or so I have been getting more and more light sensitive and get very sore eyes if out in the sun for too long without sunglasses. My job relies on fine detail detection by eye. I have a 1st degree relative and a 2nd degree relative with glaucoma. I just had my 2-year eye check-up where the optometrist said that the pressure in my eyes was a bit high at 24. At all previous eye exams no-one has ever commented that I have high IOP and given the family history, i always get them to check. He has recommended that he rechecks the IOP when I collect my new glasses. In your experience, is it likely that I have early glaucoma? Does that explain the watery eyes, which my GP has, up until this point, put down to blocked tear ducts? Thank you
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    This is a response from the Glaucoma Australia Expert Medical Panel.

    It seems like the watery eyes are not related to glaucoma, rather dry eye/blepharitis. It would be expected that a diagnosis of blocked tear ducts would be made after assessing them with lacrimal lavage. Saying that the IOP is a bit up without doing anything about it is unusual and at the very least visual fields etc. would be worthwhile considering the family history. As there are multiple issues and things seem a little suboptimal it is recommended to see an ophthalmologist at least once to sort this out even if it is just for reassurance.

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