It is such a blessing that we were giving the opportunity to receive an iCare from the Lending Library after Luke had surgery in November. Having an iCare at home to measure his daily pressures saved his vision.
Luke had Baerveldt Valve implant surgery in November. Having the iCare allowed me to measure his pressure on a daily basis and email Dr. Freedman when his pressure reached certain numbers. This was very important because Luke’s post-op appointments were every other week, and in between these appointments when his pressure got too high and we were able to email Dr. Freedman and start up his pressure drops agains.
6 weeks post op, the stitch dissolved and his pressure went down to 2 and 3. In less than a week’s time his pressure was over 50! Again this happened between post-op visits and if we did not have the iCare at home, he would surely have had permanent vision loss. Luke did not have any of the symptoms of high pressure expected in a child – like headache, vomiting – so we are so fortunate that we had an iCare to know exactly when the pressure started spiking and we could get him on medications right away.
Luke had surgery again last week – and we are using the iCare everyday to monitor his pressure to see if/when we need to add drops.
Having an iCare at home during the post-op period has allowed us to take the uncertainty out of the equation and make the best medical decisions for Luke.