U.S. doctors online nowAsk doctors free
A 43-year-old member asked:

what is glaucoma and is it serious?

4 doctor answers11 doctors weighed in
Dr. Richard Bensinger
Ophthalmology 52 years experience
Eye pressure too hig: Glaucoma is condition in which the internal eye pressure is higher than the vessels and nerves at the back of the eye can withstand. There are many types and causes. The most common termed 'open angle' has no known cause. Effective treatment is available including eyedrops, laser and surgery. You should be followed by an ophthalmologist because failure to treat can cause loss of vision.
Dr. Robert Chang
Specializes in Ophthalmology
Yes: Eye problem that causes ganglion cell loss faster than age-related neuronal loss with resultant dec. Vision, typically in the periphery first, and eventually leading to blindness if untreated.
Dr. Jon Fishburn
Ophthalmology 30 years experience
Optic nerve disease: Glaucoma as defined by The American Academy of Ophthalmology is “a group of diseases with certain features including an intraocular pressure that is too high for the continued health of the eye.” It is very serious and is often free of symptoms until late in the disease. There tends to be a familial tendency and is more common in African Americans & the elderly.
Dr. Douglas Liva
Ophthalmology 40 years experience
Optic neuropathy : Glaucoma is a condition where optic nerve damage occurs and is usually associated with elevated eye pressure. It is also associated with a thin cornea, family history, black race, increased optic nerve cupping and myopia. Some forms of glaucoma can occur with normal pressure and these cases can sometimes be the most serious. Most glaucoma can be treated adequately to prevent serious visual loss.

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

Ask doctors free
Personalized answers
Free
Talk to a doctor
$30 per visit with
membership

Similar questions

A 21-year-old member asked:

What is glaucoma?

6 doctor answers16 doctors weighed in
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?

4 doctor answers8 doctors weighed in
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.
A 22-year-old member asked:

What are the types of glaucoma?

2 doctor answers6 doctors weighed in
Dr. Robert Chang
Specializes in Ophthalmology
Many types: Typically the types are divided into "causes" or the "drain status" thus primary glaucoma vs. Secondary glaucoma (caused by something that is affecting the drain of the eye) or open angle vs. Closed angle glaucoma basically glaucoma can happen at various pressures that is damaging to the individual patient, so there is no pressure cutoff.
CA
A 25-year-old member asked:

Can glaucoma give you headaches?

2 doctor answers3 doctors weighed in
Dr. Sarab Alfata
Family Medicine 20 years experience
Yes: Yes, one of the symptoms.
A 45-year-old member asked:

Can you please tell me about glaucoma and is it real serious?

2 doctor answers4 doctors weighed in
Dr. George Yang
Ophthalmology 27 years experience
Yes.: Glaucoma is progressive optic nerve damage that usually occurs because of high eye pressures. The optic nerves send the images from your eyes to your brain, and if left untreated, will lead to blindness. Fortunately, there are many treatment options available, and most of the time, it can be controlled.

Related questions

A 45-year-old member asked:
2 doctor answers3 doctors weighed in
A 49-year-old member asked:
1 doctor answer1 doctor weighed in
A 62-year-old female asked about a 62-year-old male:
2 doctor answers2 doctors weighed in

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

Ask doctors free
Personalized answers
Free
Talk to a doctor
$30 per visit with
membership
Last updated Aug 31, 2014

People also asked

Related topics

Connect with a U.S. board-certified doctor by text or video anytime, anywhere.
$30 per visit with
membership

Disclaimer:

Content on HealthTap (including answers) should not be used for medical advice, diagnosis, or treatment, and interactions on HealthTap do not create a doctor-patient relationship. Never disregard or delay professional medical advice in person because of anything on HealthTap. Call your doctor or 911 if you think you may have a medical emergency.