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A 27-year-old female asked:

Glaucoma suspect for 3 years. yearly exam show nothing progress just suspicious thin optic nerves and thin retina. pressures always normal.what now

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Dr. Richard Bensinger
Ophthalmology 52 years experience
Better a suspect: Suspect means you have risk factors, but not actual disease. There is no absolute dividing line between glaucoma and suspicion. Your ophthalmologist has noted normal features including pressure but just a thin retina (on OCT) which raises suspicion but is not a diagnosis. With regular exams if something advances that is diagnostic (most don't) then therapy can be considered.
Dr. Jon Fishburn
Ophthalmology 30 years experience
Glaucoma Suspect: As long as you are being seen and carefully examined by an Ophthalmologist (preferably a glaucoma specialist) then the function of your eyes and health of your eyes is being assessed. I would consider your other risk factors too (family history of glaucoma, thin corneas, migraine, raynauds, hypotension). Visual fields, Optic nerve scans, dilated exams, pressure check all important. 6 month exams

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