After Losing Three-Fourths Vision, Patient Drives 28 Hours For Glaucoma Care
Meet Peggy! Our team welcomed her into the clinic after a 28 hour car ride she made from Maine to see Dr. Vold for her glaucoma care. Having already lost three-fourths of her vision in her right eye from the disease, Peggy turned to research for the latest advancements in glaucoma care leading her here to NWA. She shared, “I knew about glaucoma, I just didn’t know the extreme of it. Now, I have encouraged my kids and my grandkids to get tested.” Also known as the “Silent Thief of Sight,” it is estimated that over 3 million Americans have glaucoma but only half of those know they have it.
When asked what she would tell others about glaucoma Peggy said, “I always knew you were supposed to have a yearly eye exam, but I didn’t realize why it was so important. Yearly exams could have saved me from experiencing the vision loss I have now. If I could have caught it sooner, my vision could be so much different. Peggy also encourages others to make sure their yearly eye exams include testing for glaucoma, and if you are diagnosed to do your research. She said, “I had a procedure called a trabeculectomy performed on me twice before I realized there were newer glaucoma procedures that I could have done. Thankfully, I began to get online and found the story of a lady named Michelle that Dr. Vold had performed surgery on, the more I researched the more I knew my vision was worth the 28-hour drive to Arkansas.”
According to the Glaucoma Research Foundation, everyone is at risk for glaucoma from babies to senior citizens. Older people are at a higher risk for glaucoma but babies can be born with glaucoma (approximately 1 out of every 10,000 babies born in the United States). Young adults can get glaucoma, too. African Americans in particular are susceptible at a younger age. Dr. (tag him) Steven Vold shared, “We are thankful for the opportunity to serve Peggy. We are doing everything we can to preserve her eye sight. She likes to hike and fish, and we hope to keep her doing that for years to come.”
Glaucoma is the second leading cause of irreversible blindness in the world, and it is hereditary. Dr. Vold stated, “We always encourage our patients and community to stay current with their yearly eye exams, and if glaucoma runs in your family, take advantage of our free glaucoma screenings.” Vold Vision offers free screenings at both our Fayetteville and Bentonville clinics.