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A 28-year-old member asked:

how can i be sure that i don't have glaucoma without going to the doctor?

4 doctor answers6 doctors weighed in
Dr. David Kira
Ophthalmology 21 years experience
You can't!: Only an eye pressure test and dilated exam to look at the optic nerve can rule out the disease.
Dr. Harvey Fishman
Ophthalmology 21 years experience
You can't be sure: It is important to see an eyemd to evaluate you for glaucoma. While gross loss of visual fields may be detected by a person doing a self exam , subtle loss would likely go unnoticed.
Dr. Moonyoung Chung
Ophthalmology 25 years experience
Silent: Glaucoma if undetected and untreated can progressively damage the optic nerve and eventually resulting in irreversible visual field loss. This is why it important to have a dilated retinal examination and intraocular pressure check, especially after 50 years old.
Dr. Jon Fishburn
Ophthalmology 30 years experience
You cant: Sorry, an exam of the optic nerves by a Eye MD is the only recommended way to establish the diagnosis of glaucoma. Ancillary testing can help, but interpretation of the tests and correlation of the results to the eye examination is essential. This particularly important in families with higher risk: Aftican-American or Hispanic, positive family history, over 60, eye injury, steroid use, diabetes..

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A 21-year-old member asked:

What is glaucoma?

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Dr. Sarab Alfata
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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
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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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What are the types of glaucoma?

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Dr. Robert Chang
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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.
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A 25-year-old member asked:

Can glaucoma give you headaches?

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Dr. Sarab Alfata
Family Medicine 20 years experience
Yes: Yes, one of the symptoms.
A 21-year-old member asked:

Define glaucoma?

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Dr. James Leaming
Specializes in Emergency Medicine
Optic nerve damage: Glaucoma is an 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 is often, but not always, associated with increased pressure of the fluid in the eye.

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