It’s been over a year since Rita was diagnosed with glaucoma and had already gone blind. We have to use two different drops. In the right eye, I use the drops about once every 5 days. I watch the pupil and when it gets larger than a pencil eraser or the eye starts looking cloudy, I use the drops. The vet tells me that when the pressure gets too low, that’s as painful as when the pressure is too high.
The left eye . . I have no idea if I’m keeping it near the right pressure. The last three times I’ve been to the vet (once a month in Abilene), the left eye pressure has been way too high. The vet starts talking about removing her eyes, I start crying, she pats me on the arm and says “We’ll talk about next time!” Next time is August 30. I really feel like the best thing to do for her and for us, is to remove her eyes but the tears come bolting down my cheeks and my tummy starts turning flips every time I think about it. I think I’ve made up my mind that it is the best thing to do but then my heart says no. It’s a struggle . . every hour of every day!
I have to put the drops in her left eye 5 or 6 times a day and if we’re gone, I know that eye starts to hurt her.
We started out ordering one of the drops, Dorzolamide HCL, because it was about 1/4 the price of getting them at the vet. Then the mail order supply (some vet supply) couldn’t get them. We kept plenty on hand so that if sometime they were out, we’d be fine but they were out for months so we had to check around locally and the United pharmacy had the lowest price so Vince got them there.
Latanoprost, the second drop, cost less at the local pharmacy than it did at the vet. We checked around at Walgreen’s, with the Good RX coupon, we got three bottles for $33. For a year now it’s been that price. Today we went in and it was $93. We said “WHAT? You have our Good RX member number on file. It should be around $33.” Nope, that is with the coupon. There’s been a price increase. I got online and found that it was about $14 per bottle, at CVS, making it about $42 for three. HEB was the least, then Target, then CVS. We don’t have HEB or Target. Vince said “Let’s go see Josh at United and see what his price is.” We like Josh a lot. In fact, I think he was United’s (for all their stores) pharmacy of the year. We’re very lucky to have him here.
Anyway, we went in, Vince told him what Walgreen’s was wanting. He said “No! I think it’s less than $12 a bottle!” Yep . . 3 bottles for $27. And Walgreen’s was charging $93.
When we showed the lady that we could get it at CVS for $14, we asked if they could meet the price and she said no, that’s our price. Amazing!