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If the patient have lost already some vision from glaucoma, what could you do?

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Dr. Cynthia Point answered

Specializes in Internal Medicine

Laser or medications: Glaucoma happens when the optic nerve is damaged , usually by high pressures in the back of the eye. Peripheral vision is the first to be harmed. Eye drops can lower the pressure and so can a special laser treatment. By reducing the eye pressures, further damage can be lessened.

Answered 6/8/2018

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Dr. Marc Lieberman answered

Specializes in Ophthalmology

Consistent follow-up: Vision loss from glaucoma is often subtle at first.. But with significant damage, loss may rapidly worsen. Consistent, regular care is essential. The patient must use his medications and keep regular appointments for eye-pressure checks, visual field tests, and optic nerve exams. An ophthalmologist is best trained to offer the most appropriate treatments of drops, laser or surgery.

Answered 6/8/2018

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Dr. Robert Chang answered

Specializes in Ophthalmology

Ask a glaucoma doc: Glaucoma therapy currently prevents future vision loss but does not recover vision already lost from glaucoma. It would be important to maximize the vision left, continue regular eye care, and help with any other reversible changes.

Answered 3/26/2013

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