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how is glaucoma treated?

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Dr. Robert Chang
Specializes in Ophthalmology
Several choices: Observation, medications (topical eye drops, oral medications), laser (in office, in or), or surgery (blebless procedures, filtering surgery, tube implant surgery, etc.).
Dr. Harvey Fishman
Ophthalmology 21 years experience
Many ways : Treatment usually starts with eye drops. As the glaucoma progresses, laser then various incisional surgeries are used.
Dr. Latisha Smith
Wound care 38 years experience
Yes but not cured: Glaucoma is abnormal elevation of the pressures in the eyes. Eye drops are used to decrease the pressure. It usually requires application of drops once or twice a day to maintain optimum control. If left untreated glaucoma could lead to blindness.
Dr. Robert Chang
Specializes in Ophthalmology
Yes: Observation, topical drops or other medications, laser, minimally invasive or conventional surgery: depending on side effects, stage of disease/current vision, health status, rate of progression, and eye pressure.

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A 21-year-old member asked:

What is glaucoma?

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Dr. Sarab Alfata
Family Medicine 20 years experience
Eye disease: Eye disorder in which the optic nerve suffers damage, permanently damaging vision in the affected eye(s) and progressing to complete blindness if untreated. It associates with increased pressure of the fluid in the eye
A 22-year-old member asked:

How is glaucoma diagnosed?

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Dr. Cynthia Point
Specializes in Internal Medicine
Eye exams: Glaucoma is damage to the optic nerve caused by eye pressures that are too high for the particular eye. It is diagnosed by the eye doctor seeing the optic nerve having a special appearance, and then a test called a visual field test shows loss of vision in the outer part of the field. That is why we all should get eye exams starting at about 40 years of age.
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Is it ok to wear contacts in a pt being treated for glaucoma ?

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Dr. William Goldstein
Ophthalmology 31 years experience
Yes: But you should remove them when taking any eye drops!
Lincoln, NE
A 58-year-old female asked:

What is the success rate for glaucoma patients treated with slt therapy as first line treatment?

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Dr. Tim Conrad
Ophthalmology 34 years experience
80%: Slt achieves adequate control of iop in about 80% of cases.
A 39-year-old member asked:

What kind of effect does schlemms canal have in glaucoma and how is glaucoma treated?

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Dr. Patrick Chan
Lasik Surgery 13 years experience
Canaloplasty: The canal is a pathway in which aqueous leaves the eye. There are medications that act to increase outflow of fluid before schlemm's canal and decrease eye pressure. Some surgeries like canaloplasty directly help flow in the canal. Your surgeon can determine whether you would be a candidate for this procedure.

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