As a practicing optometrist, Dr. David Kordish is no stranger to identifying patients with eye disease. So when he noticed his own eyes were red and irritated, he knew it was time to have them checked. During the exam, the ophthalmologist diagnosed him with glaucoma and cataracts and prescribed eye drops to lower the pressure in his eyes. Over time, Dr. Kordish had an allergic reaction to the eye drops he was using which caused his eyes to feel irritated and get extremely red, forcing him to stop using this medication. During this time he also stopped wearing his contacts to prevent any additional sensitivity. Next, his ophthalmologist suggested a second drop, which was a combination of three different drops. Dr. Kordish noticed his vision was dramatically impacted and he experienced more eye discomfort and constant redness. Finally, Dr. Kordish and his doctor were able to find a balance of drops to keep the redness and pressure low, by taking drops twice a day.
Impacting His Life
Dr. Kordish had tired eyes and began to work even harder to see the patients he was treating, in addition to taking breaks and using lubricating drops to keep his eyes flushed out. A full workday was becoming nearly impossible for Dr. Kordish; he knew he had to get his own eye health under control and fast. The eye drops he was using helped to control the pressure in his eyes but once again his eyes became irritated from the drops and he found himself struggling daily with redness. As an optometrist, this was not only embarrassing and uncomfortable but also cosmetically concerning. It impacted the way Dr. Kordish communicated with his patients and he was constantly having to explain why his eyes were red.
Seeing The Light
For the first four months of the COVID-19 pandemic work slowed down for Dr. Kordish, and throughout this time his vision deteriorated once again. With some unexpected time off, he made the decision to visit Dr. Johnathan Haymore of MultiCare Rockwood Eye and Optical Center to check on his glaucoma and cataracts. During the visit, Dr. Kordish learned that his cataracts worsened. Concerned about his deteriorating vision, Dr. Haymore suggested that he consider cataract surgery in an effort to prevent blindness. He also introduced Dr. Kordish to the iStent inject® W, one of the smallest medical devices known that can effectively reduce pressure in the eye, and more importantly for Dr. Kordish, potentially eliminate the use of eye drops. Without hesitation, Dr. Kordish scheduled the procedure and was treated in September of 2020. Dr. Haymore treated Dr. Kordish with iStent inject® W during cataract surgery on his right eye and a few weeks later his left/right eye was treated with iStent inject® W as well.
Living Life To The Fullest
At 70 years old Dr. Kordish is thrilled to have his glaucoma under control and is relieved he no longer has to use medication to control his glaucoma. He shares, “Since being treated with iStent inject® W, I feel a huge burden has been lifted off my shoulders. I used to spend so much time managing my glaucoma with eye drops and worrying about the appearance of my eyes and whether or not they were red. Now I feel more confident and don’t have to think about what my eyes look like. I continue to share my story and encourage my glaucoma patients to consider iStent inject® W because it was such a relief for me”. Now Dr. Kordish continues to treat his patients, and no longer has to worry about redness or irritation! He tells us he is looking forward to hiking, golfing, fishing, hunting, and entertaining his dogs outdoors without eye drops irritating his eyes.