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A 36-year-old member asked:

Can you please tell me how papilledema & glaucoma differ?

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Dr. Patrick Chan
Ophthalmology - LASIK Surgery 15 years experience
Different: Papilledema appears as nerve swelling that is due to increased pressure in the brain. It is an exam finding, whereas glaucoma is a disease of the nerve.
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Dr. Mitchell Vogel
Ophthalmology 32 years experience
Papilledema is a serious disorder in which both optic nerves are swollen. This must be confirmed by looking at them by ophthalmoscopy. glaucoma is a serious eye disorder generally caused by increased IOP or intraocular pressure (must be diagnosed by an ophthalmologist). Hope that helps...
May 2, 2013
Dr. Howard Pomeranz
Ophthalmology 30 years experience
Optic nerve: They are both diseases of the optic nerve. Papilledema means of optic nerve is swollen from high pressure in the brain and there are usually other symptoms like headache, nausea, ringing in the ears. Glaucoma is a silent progressive deterioration of the optic nerve where eye pressure is elevated. Can be screened for glaucoma in the eye doctor's office by checking eye pressure, peripheral visio.
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