Peter's diagnosis story

“Don’t panic, be positive and hang on to the eyesight you have got.” Peter mentioned he thought something was wrong during an eye test and his glaucoma was detected early.

Peter Austin

I was diagnosed with glaucoma at the age of thirty-two. I remember thinking glaucoma was something people in their seventies and eighties can suffer from, not something you get in your early thirties.

I mentioned that I thought something was wrong during an eye test and asked to be referred to the hospital. Though it was by accident as glaucoma is often painless, it transpired that the pressures in my eyes were high and my glaucoma diagnosis was confirmed and treated quickly.

I found out as much information about glaucoma as I could, thanks to my consultant and Glaucoma UK. I am lucky that my day-to-day life has not been affected too much. I work full time, play cricket, am an honorary steward at Wimbledon, drive a supercharger sports car and have a share in a Piper Warrior plane. I could not do any of this if it wasn’t for my three doses of eye drops per day and a degree of luck. I am grateful to all the people in the medical world that have made this happen for people like me.

I am now delighted to gives talks in my area and enjoy making audio tapes of the local paper for blind people. I find it satisfying knowing that I am helping others to understand glaucoma and the more I can do to help, the better.

My message to anyone diagnosed with glaucoma is: “Don’t panic, be positive and hang on to the eyesight you have got. Glaucoma does not have to affect your life.

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