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A 58-year-old female asked:

Have glaucoma with a life expectancy of 30+ yrs. plan to work as a paralegal for 10 years. if major surgery done is a detail oriented career over?

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Dr. Jon Fishburn
Ophthalmology 30 years experience
No not necessarily : If your glaucoma has progressed despite maximally tolerated medical/laser treatment, and your glaucoma doc has recommended surgery, generally this is to stabilize the disease progression. Your quality of vision depends on how much field loss you have in each eye and your visual acuity. As long as your binoc vision (& central vision)remain in tact your ability to continue with dexterous tasks = ok.
Dr. William Dieck
Ophthalmology 38 years experience
No: You should plan on a full career and life. Assuming you don't have end stage glaucoma presently, you should be able to have your disease controlled, allowing for a normal life. Seek out the best care you can find.

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