A member asked:

Are visual field defects present in glaucoma?

7 doctors weighed in across 3 answers
Dr. Azhar Salahuddin answered

Specializes in Ophthalmology

In advanced glaucoma: Glaucoma is a condition that is related to an increase in eye pressure. Over time, the optic nerve gets damaged and you start to lose peripheral vision (which shows up as field defects). So, initially you may have a normal field, but if left untreated, you will have field defects which are permanent.

Answered 9/23/2016

5.8k views

Thank
Dr. Ilan Cohen answered

Specializes in Ophthalmology

Yes: By definition, glaucoma is a group of diseases which causes characteristic optic nerve damage with corresponding visual field defects. These defects are not always symptomatic to the patient and may only be detectable through special testing.

Answered 8/11/2012

5.8k views

Thank
Dr. Richard Bensinger answered

Specializes in Ophthalmology

Hopefully not: Glaucoma is diagnosed by a number of parameters of which the visual field is one. The goal of treatment is to prevent progression and this usually happens with good treatment. But sometimes a field defect is the clue to the presence of the condition, and changes in the field can be a clue to advancement of the therapy needed to treat the glaucoma.

Answered 1/11/2015

3.3k views

Thank

Related Questions

Online Primary Care Doctors Accepting New Patients

$44 video appointments available today with a membership as low as $15/month

Book a Video Appointment
Ask your question
Didn't find what you're looking for?

90,000 U.S. doctors in 147 specialties are here to answer your questions or offer you advice, prescriptions, and more.

Ask your question