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how do i know if i have glaucoma?

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Dr. Anjana Jindal
Ophthalmology 17 years experience
Glaucoma: Glaucoma is a condition that can reult in irreversible blindness. Most people with glaucoma have no early symptoms or pain. It is important to see your eyemd regularly so that glaucoma can be diagnosed and treated before long-term visual loss occurs.
Dr. George Yang
Ophthalmology 27 years experience
Glaucoma work-up: Glaucoma is defined as any eye pressure that leads to progressive optic nerve damage, and eventually vision loss. You eye MD can offer various tests that can monitor the health of the optic nerve and catch any nerve loss progression.
Dr. Jon Fishburn
Ophthalmology 30 years experience
Eye exam plus: A comprehensive eye exam including a history of systemic & ocular problems, family history, & type of present medications. Intraocular pressure is measured. Dilation of the pupils is performed to evaluate the optic nerve, retina & blood vessels. Corneal pachymetry, optical coherence tomography, & visual field testing are performed as necessary. The data gathered is analyzed; diagnosis & treatment.
Dr. Richard Bensinger
Ophthalmology 52 years experience
Get evaluated: Most glaucoma causes no recognizable symptoms. The exceptions to that have associated problems usually or occur at an older age than 39. If you have a positive family history, or associated eye disease, then you should be checked Your ophthalmologist will measure the hallmark of the disease - eye pressure - to make this determination.

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A 21-year-old member asked:

What is glaucoma?

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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?

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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?

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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.
A 43-year-old member asked:

How do you know if you are at risk for glaucoma?

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Dr. Richard Lehrer
Ophthalmology 33 years experience
Many Factors: Many studies have examined this. Risk factors are elevated intraocular pressure, thin corneas, suspicious appearing optic nerves and positive family history. People of african descent may be more likely than others to develop glaucoma. The older you are, the greater the risk. The best way to determine your risk is to have a complete eye examination.
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A 34-year-old male asked:

I have regular glaucoma but I don't know what kind of medication I can take someone please help me?

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Dr. Benjamin Rubin
Ophthalmology 39 years experience
Meds: This is a decision that you must make in consultation with your ophthalmologist. If you have recent onset glaucoma or established glaucoma you can be treated with I number of medications and or selective laser trabeculoplasty. The bottom line is you must do this in concert with your physician

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