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but i have open angle glaucoma. still contraindicated?

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Dr. Richard Bensinger
Ophthalmology 52 years experience
Probably not: You are probably responding to a disclaimer on a drug that has been prescribed for a non-eye issue. These disclaimers refer to closed angle glaucoma, not the type you have. So you can use the drug with no worries. If you send another question and name the drug, I can be absolutely certain for you.
Dr. Jon Fishburn
Ophthalmology 30 years experience
Uncertain: Please clarify your question.

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A 24-year-old member asked:

What is open-angle glaucoma?

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Dr. Robert Chang
Specializes in Ophthalmology
Most common: Simply, the drain of the eye appears open on exam (gonioscopy). It's a type of glaucoma (most common), and a way to describe to differentiate from narrow angle glaucoma, which may require a different laser or surgery procedure.
A 21-year-old member asked:

Who is at risk for open-angle glaucoma?

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Dr. Marc Lieberman
Ophthalmology 45 years experience
Risk factors are...: Family/ethnicity are important. Those at highest risk for open-angle glaucoma have a sibling with glaucoma; or a parent. African-americans and hispanics are at higher risk than caucasians. Asians have a higher risk for angle-closure disease (e.g., chinese); others are at for risk low-pressure glaucoma (japanese.) other risks include a serious eye injury, or long exposure to Prednisone therapy.
A 47-year-old member asked:

How long can open angle glaucoma go untreated?

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Dr. William Constad
Ophthalmology 41 years experience
Short time: We need to differentiate between narrow angles, which is a discriptive anatomic condition, where the anterior chamber angle is narrow, and a narrow angle attack, which is an acute elevation of pressure caused by closure of the angle, blocking fluid flow and causing an acute elevation of pressure. There is also a condition called chronic narrow angle where there are intermittant bouts of pressure.
A 29-year-old member asked:

Any new treatment for open angle glaucoma?

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Dr. Richard Lehrer
Ophthalmology 33 years experience
Yes: The latest surgical treatment approved for open angle glaucoma and cataract is called istent. In this procedure, the surgeon inserts a tiny stent inside the eye to bypass a portion of the eye's natural drainage system. New drugs for glaucoma are close to approval, but not available yet.
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A 27-year-old female asked about a male:

Is primary open angle glaucoma progressive?is it curable?

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Dr. Stan Coleman
Ophthalmology 63 years experience
Yes and no: Primary open angle glaucoma is controllable not curable. Usually can be controlled with drops. With good pressure control, progression is also controlled. Occasionally laser or surgery is necessary.
Dr. Stan Coleman
Ophthalmology 63 years experience
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Of course treatment and all necessary testing is performed by your ophthalmologist. This wasn't the question.
Nov 3, 2014

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