Depression Counseling Over Vision Loss

It has been a month since I lost my eyesight. The struggle was very challenging for me that I almost felt like living life was out of option. The whole new experience of being blind is making my life miserable, and now I am dealing with lots of anger, anxiety, and depression. As much as I want to stay positive, things around me seemed so frustrating, heartbreaking, and unbearable as days go by.

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How It All Began

It all started a few months ago where I had this eye infection due to my contact lenses. I never really thought that I could suffer from eye damage because I always clean and store my contact lenses properly. Ever since I was in high school, I always love to change the colors of my eyes because it makes me feel pretty. I somehow get the confidence from wearing a pair of contact lenses every day. And for someone like me who had a lot of knowledge in terms of eye safety and precautions, I never imagined getting an infection.

But the unexpected thing still happened. It was not that I didn’t notice anything at all. The last time I wore my contact lenses before I could even get an infection, the outer part of my eye was a bit itchy. Since I am used to that feeling, I thought it is okay since it sometimes happens, especially when I get exposed to windy situations and some particles could enter my eyes. I was able to manage it. But a few days after that, an itchy thing was going on; my eyes began to turn red. Again, as I have said, it was typically common to happen, especially when I was overusing my contact lenses.

Another day went by, and I somehow find it hard to open my eyes. There’s just a lot of fluid coming out of it, and it got me terribly worried. It was the first time something was coming out from the eyes, and I was unsure what those were. So to address that worried feelings I have, I went to see an eye specialist and got my I checked. The moment the doctor told me about my condition, I paused for a while and reflected on the days that I didn’t immediately seek help.

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The eye specialist told me that my eye condition is so severe that treating it at that moment was not an option anymore. The doctor said I was dealing with a corneal ulcer. That condition is why I wasn’t able to open my eyes, why it turned out red, and why it was so sensitive to light. Hearing all those negative things made me heartbroken, and the fact that the doctor told me that it was already too late made me lose all my senses.

But it was not the condition that made me mentally unstable but the doctor’s decision. He said that the only way I could get rid of the pain is to remove the pair of my eyes because the damage already penetrated all over the eyeballs, and it is not much that any doctors can do to salvage my eyesight. I felt so devastated that I panicked and burst into tears despite suffering from eye pain. I was so hopeless and regretful. But I still ended up choosing to remove my eyes so it won’t create further health damages.

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Realizations

When I was dealing with an infection in my eye, I was still hopeful that I could make it and recover. I was trying so damn hard to stay positive despite losing my eyesight. I always tried and convinced myself not to feel bad about everything and that things will be okay somehow. I even told myself that despite being blind, I still have other senses that I can use. But who am I kidding? Living life with vision loss is so difficult that it made me rely on other people. With this condition, I can’t be alone, and I can’t do things on my own. I feel so helpless and dependent on the people around me. The hardest part is when I get so frustrated and overthink what could happen to me when these people surrounding me got fed up taking care of me.

Vision impairment is worse than any trauma I experienced in my life. I regarded it as a dead-end of my capabilities. It made me hate myself more. It made me regret all the things I do with my eyes. So for those of you out there, who think that you are used to doing something great, do not ever think that you can secure everything. Uncertainties can follow you around, and if bad luck hits, you might endure irreversible damage.

 

Counseling Tips For Preventing Vision Loss According To An Eye Expert

With the fast-evolving rise of technology, many people are now unaware of the damages they do to their overall well-being. And despite a lot of information one can gather from reading and watching educational videos, many people are still not taking care of their physical aspects. One example is everybody’s constant engagement with televisions, computers, and smartphones.

Perhaps you are also guilty of spending too much time on the said devices that you haven’t noticed the impact the gadgets can cause on your eyesight. You might think that as you age, it is normal to experience eye problems. But the truth is, your daily activity is the number one cause of why your eyesight might suffer from eye diseases. Fortunately, there are ways that you can do to help reduce and prevent eye diseases from happening. Thus, below are some of those tips that you might probably are familiar with.

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Watch Your Cholesterol Levels

You might not seem to believe it, but lowering down your cholesterol level and decreasing your saturated fat can help prevent vision loss. Some studies show an elevated amount of cholesterols in the body, and consuming many saturated fats entirely contributes to the development of age-related eye diseases, such as macular degeneration. And since cholesterols are known for damaging your body and contributing to other kinds of diseases such as different types of diabetes and high blood pressure, it supports the medical impact of vision impairment since these conditions are linked to retinal infection.

In some unfortunate circumstances, the bad fats can cause cholesterol plaques that apparently get stuck in the arteries that lead to eye stroke known as Hollenhorst plaque. That explains why choosing the right food for your diet is a must. You might want to reduce your intake of fast foods, processed meats, junk foods, carbonated drinks, etc. It is also vital that you pay attention to your overall health and drink a lot of water, watch what you eat, and regular exercise in general.

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Increase Omega-3 Intake

While you are advised to decrease the cholesterol levels and saturated fats in your body, increasing the good fats in return is beneficial. The omega-3 fatty acid is a must-obtain mineral in the body, including eicosapentaenoic acid (EPA), alpha-linolenic acid (ALA), and docosahexaenoic acid (DHA). It is considered one of the beneficial sources of minerals that helps the brain, muscles, and immune system develop.

Omega-3 fatty acids are most common in some natural food sources such as oily fish, particularly salmon, and other vegetables such as seeds and nuts. But with the vast contribution of omega-3 in the body, many experts claim that it can help with preventing retinal disease and aids dry eye symptoms. There are also tons of consistent studies that show people who eat a diet with a higher amount of omega-3 experience a decreased risk of developing age-related eye conditions.

Eat Foods With High Levels Of Antioxidants

Antioxidants help fight free radicals from the body cells and reduce or prevent the harm caused by oxidation. A high in antioxidants diet is mainly fruits and vegetables containing high amounts of vitamin E, vitamin C, zinc, Zeaxanthin, and, of course, Lutein.

Lutein is a very powerful eye nutrient that keeps the eye healthy and immune from certain eye diseases. It allows the photoreceptors of the eye’s retina to healthily regenerate and reduce cell loss and death related to eye diseases. Lutein enhances the sharpness of your vision, reduces glare impairment, and improves your visual contrast sensitivity. It also protects eye tissue from sunlight damages, suppresses inflammation, and helps fight oxidative stress.

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Consider Taking Eye Vitamin Supplement

If you are a picky eater and you find eating vegetables and fruits unenjoyable, you might want to consider taking eye supplements. It might be the best alternative for you to keep your eyes healthy without trying to force yourself to change your diet instantly. There are tons of eye vitamins that you can easily find in the market. You can easily buy one at drug stores or over-the-counter groceries. But note that for most people, eye supplements aren’t necessary, especially if they haven’t entirely got a diagnosis for any eye diseases. But still, there are different eye vitamins out there that you can take to help you get structural eye support and prevents aging eye disease.

But if you can, you should consider practicing eating healthy foods and taking care of your eyesight properly. Some of the habits that you might also consider are getting exercises for your eyes, resting them from time to time, and getting enough sleep. It is also vital that you schedule regular eye exams even if you are taking eye supplements. It would also help if you can avoid smoking and create a better eye-friendly surrounding.

 

Frequently Asked Questions About Restoration Counseling For Glaucoma Patients

I had been feeling lost ever since I went on a routine executive checkup, and the doctor told me to have my eyes checked as well since my mother had been diagnosed with glaucoma around 26 years old – the same age I was at the time. Like an obedient patient, I did as the doctor advised, confident that they would not find an issue with my eyes. I had gone to ophthalmology clinics for prescription glasses before, but the eye doctor assured me that I had 20/20 vision, so there would be no need for that. I felt lucky about it, considering I was a graphic artist and needed to use the computer all day long.

After waiting for the test results, the doctor informed me gently that I had glaucoma and that 20% of my left eye was no longer functioning. I sat there motionless for five minutes, wondering if it was a dream. However, the doctor’s voice brought me back to reality. The first thing that came out of my mouth was, “How did that happen? My vision was 20/20.”

The doctor explained that it was possible for the devices in eye prescription clinics not to detect anything wrong with the patients’ eyes, but it did not mean that nothing’s wrong. He proceeded to say that even his own mother only got reading glasses back then, although she also had glaucoma.

Glaucoma is a slow-progressing condition that many people do not realize they have. They sometimes attribute blurry vision and headache to stress and other factors. Still, they never think that it’s because the optic nerve connecting the brain and eyes has been getting damaged due to fluid buildup inside the eyes,” the doctor added.

“Is there a cure for this?”

The doctor shook his head slowly. “Unfortunately, the optic damage is irreversible at the moment. All you can do is lessen the activities that require you to strain your eyes too much.”

Since then, I had been living in utter denial. I did not tell anyone about the eye diagnosis. I acted as if I was perfectly healthy. However, I always felt frustrated whenever my eyes would turn blurry, to the extent that I threw my laptop against the wall one time. 

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What Made Me Change

One time, my boyfriend told me that he had a new favorite show on Netflix called Blown Away. I watched it out of sheer curiosity – and because my boyfriend was hogging the TV. When we began to watch the second season, though, I paid more attention as one of the glassblowers revealed that she had glaucoma. The extreme heat that the woman had to deal with every day was not helping slow down its progression further. In truth, it was making things worse for her. Despite that, she was still bubbly and happy because she loved making art out of glass.

That woman inspired me to undergo counseling to restore my confidence and mental resilience.

Is there a difference between therapy and counseling? 

 Yes, therapy and counseling are different from each other. The former typically occurs longer than the latter.

Does Counselling work? 

 Yes, counseling works. It has already helped millions of people deal with their mental health issues across the globe. However, its effectiveness depends on the client’s level of cooperation, considering the counselor can only provide advice and guidance, not resolve their problems for them.

Is crying in therapy a breakthrough? 

 Yes, mental health professionals consider crying as a breakthrough in therapy. Though the therapist may pause the session and let the client cry it all out, it entails making progress.

Can therapy make you worse? 

Yes, therapy can technically make you worse, even though it is supposed to do the opposite. That happens when you go to an unreliable therapist who does not know how to conduct therapy.

Can Counselling do more harm than good? 

 No. In truth, counseling can ideally make your life better. However, it may do you more harm than good if you end up meeting the wrong type of counselor.

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When should you stop therapy? 

  • You have learned everything you can from the therapist regarding coping and dealing with your issues.
  • You no longer feel like the therapist can help you.
  • Your life is too chaotic for you to be able to focus on therapy.
  • You want to let go of that life chapter and move on.

Is it normal to cry in therapy? 

 Yes, it is normal to cry in therapy. It typically happens when the client talks about their issues or experiences enlightenment or emotional relief.

What should I not tell a marriage counselor? 

 For marriage counseling to work, you should not hide any information concerning your marital issues from the counselor. Some facts may be downright shameful, but you need to let it all out to increase your chances of achieving your goals.

Can therapists hug their clients? 

 No, therapists cannot hug their clients. That is against the ethical code.

Do therapists cry in therapy? 

 Yes, therapists tend to cry in therapy. They need to open their emotional channels to help their clients, so it’s impossible for them not to feel their clients’ pain and empathize with them.

Do therapists get attached to clients? 

 Yes, some therapists get attached to clients, especially when they have had sessions for a long time.

Do therapists miss their patients? 

 Yes, therapists can miss their patients, but it depends on how emotionally connected they are.

Should therapists comfort crying clients? 

 Technically, therapists cannot comfort crying clients by hugging them or promising that everything will be okay. It is against ethical codes, but it may also make the clients depend on the therapists too much.

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Final Thoughts

The process of accepting that I had an irreversible eye condition was not as challenging as I thought. Perhaps it was because I had my boyfriend and my family giving me all the love and support I needed when I finally announced the diagnosis to them. Maybe it was also because I found a counselor and a therapist who both wanted nothing more than see me happy and clearheaded after every session. Despite all that, I ended up making peace with myself that glaucoma would always be there – all I had to do was follow the doctor’s suggestions on keeping it from progressing too fast.

 

 

Better Eye Condition, Sound Mental Health

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In our world today, it has been more and more common for people to experience different types of eye diseases. Of course, no matter how careful we are, we can never know how other people take care of themselves. With the pandemic today, we should understand and educate ourselves more about protecting ourselves from diseases as best as we can. This is not just limited to the usual things like flu, stomach bugs, or headaches. You should also take the time to take care of your eyes.

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Caring For Our Eyes Is Also Caring For The Family

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Our sense of sight is one important aspect of our body that we need to take care of. And we are really lucky to be born with perfect vision, unlike others who may be born with certain kinds of eye issues or diseases. This is why our parents or elders always reminds us to take good care of our health especially our eyes.

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Eye Conditions And Care During The Pandemic

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Our eyes can be considered as the most developed organs in our body. But we often neglect and forget how to take care of our eyes. Usually, we forget that prolonged exposure to computer screens and mobile phones may cause a negative effect on our eyes. But when we notice some vision problems one way or another, we will find any way just to be able to see again.

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Eye Surgery Cancelled Due To COVID-19

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My grandmother is 85 years old, and she has a cataract. She had a scheduled operation for her eyes last April 1st, which was canceled due to the pandemic. Now, she had to live with the blurry left eye, during a mediocrely functioning right eye. I did not have it in my heart to put her in a home. That was what I promised my mother before she passed away three years ago. I told her that I would take care of Grams, and I have been not because of a promise. It was because I loved her dearly.

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Staying Healthy

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Attending the 2019 Health Conference made me realize how important health is. Most of the time, we often take this for granted, especially when we are doing okay at the moment. Eating healthy foods or maintaining healthy habits often just come across our mind whenever we encounter health troubles, right? Unless we are health buffs, I’m sure people can significantly benefit from attending health conferences like this. It would help us remind that health is among the most critical aspects of our life. That if being taken for granted, many things will be at stake.

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Slowing Down The Progression Of Glaucoma

 

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As we grow older, we begin to get anxious about our health, including our eye health. Maybe it was because our latest eye exam showed an increasing pressure and redness in both eyes, or perhaps a close relative was just diagnosed with glaucoma. Did someone tell you that glaucoma is a hereditary eye condition? If you already know this, then you also know you might need to take the necessary steps to prevent or slow down the progression of this eye condition.

Glaucoma Defined

It is an eye disease that destroys the optic nerve, which is responsible for sending impulses from the eye to the brain. When this is damaged, then the odds are likely that you will eventually lose your vision.

According to the American Academy of Ophthalmology, at 65 years old, one out of three Americans will be diagnosed with a damaging eye condition. And second to cataract, glaucoma is the second most common cause of vision loss across the United States. It is also one of the leading causes of blindness all over the world.

The primary cause of glaucoma is unknown, but increased eye pressure is said to be the most common factor. If it is left without any medical care, this eye condition will ultimately lead to blindness.

Glaucoma Risk Factors

It should be noted that there might be a higher likelihood for other individuals to develop glaucoma. Some of the risk factors include but are not limited to:

  • Age
  • A family history of glaucoma
  • Increased eye pressure
  • Nearsightedness or farsightedness
  • Past history of eye injury
  • Thin cornea
  • Existing conditions such as migraines, diabetes, and poor blood circulation

Developing two or more of these risk factors significantly heightens a person’s risk of developing glaucoma.

 

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Tips to Slow Down The Progression Of Glaucoma

Unfortunately, there is no known prevention of glaucoma. However, there are steps that we can take to slow down the progression of the disease and consequently reducing the risk of eye damage or vision loss.

  • Don’t Miss Your Regular Eye Checkups. This is essential in preventing glaucoma and other equally severe eye conditions. Routine eye examinations are a must. For glaucoma to be properly confirmed and diagnosed, the doctor conducts screening and inspects the drainage angle in both eyes. He will also check the status of the optic nerve and do a peripheral vision test. People who fail to have routine eye exams and develop glaucoma typically become aware of it only after they’ve sustained permanent vision loss from the disease. And by that time, controlling glaucoma to prevent additional vision loss can be very difficult, explains Gary Heiting, OD.

Below is a list of age ranges and the number of times one is required to go for eye examinations.

Below 40 years old: once in five to ten years

40-54 years old: once in two to four years

55-64 years old: once in one to three years

65 years and older: once every one or two years

However, if your odds of developing glaucoma are relatively higher, then you must talk to your ophthalmologist about your screening schedules.

 

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  • Find Ways To Reduce Eye Pressure. For individuals who have developed increased eye pressure or ocular hypertension, consult your doctor so he can prescribe quality eye drops that you can use regularly to slow down the progression of glaucoma. According to Dr. Norm Zabriskie, MD, a glaucoma expert at the Moran Eye Center, “there have been multiple, very large, very well-designed and well-conducted studies both in the United States and in Europe and elsewhere…have fundamentally proven that lowering intraocular pressure, though not a cure, is absolutely beneficial in terms of either stopping or at least delaying the progression of glaucoma.”

The Glaucoma Foundation suggests that exercise is a great way to decrease eye pressure. They may walk or do light jogging three times a week.

According to Robert L. Stamper, MD, professor  of Clinical Ophthalmology and Director Emeritus of the Glaucoma Service at the University of California San Francisco, “a regular program of moderate exercise will benefit your overall health, and studies have shown that moderate exercise such as walking or jogging three or more times every week can have an IOP lowering effect.

  • Avoid Eye Injuries. Protecting your eyes from injury can greatly help avoid or delay the onset of glaucoma. In the home, keep away from too much dust when cleaning is done. When doing sports, keep your eye injury-free by wearing protective gear.

These tips are basic but nevertheless vital in ensuring the health of your eyes. Practicing them may be your hope for zero eye damage until you’re 60 and older. Why not?