Doctor: Marijuana is a needed option

John Burgeson

Dr. Blick sits in the pharmacy at the Circle Care Center in Norwalk, Conn.  Along with synthetic medications, Dr. Blick looks forward to utilizing the benefits of medical marijuana for patients with a variety of medical conditions including cancer, glaucoma and HIV/AIDS. Photo: Autumn Driscoll / Connecticut Post

Dr. Blick sits in the pharmacy at the Circle Care Center in Norwalk, Conn. Along with synthetic medications, Dr. Blick looks forward to utilizing the benefits of medical marijuana for patients with a variety of medical conditions including cancer, glaucoma and HIV/AIDS. Photo: Autumn Driscoll 

NORWALK — There was a personal reason why Dr. Gary Blick became one of the nearly 100 physicians in the state who are licensed to prescribe medical marijuana.

“I did this because my 91-year-old mother, who has glaucoma,” he said. “Her glaucoma eye drops had failed to produce the desired results and she was facing surgery.”

Glaucoma is a disease in which the eye typically has excessive internal pressure, damaging the nerve fibers of the retina, the delicate tissue at the back of the eye that’s sensitive to light and color.

“She was needing surgery to repair her eyes,” he said. “But after we started her on medical marijuana, her pressures dropped, and when she stopped smoking marijuana, the pressures went back up again.”

 

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