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Dr. Tim Conrad
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How is age a factor in controlling open angle glaucoma?

How is age a factor in controlling open angle glaucoma?

Younger patients: Need more aggressive treatment than older ones. This is because the disease is cumulative in its effect. ...Read more

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Dr. Jonathan Jassey
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Glaucoma (Definition)

Glaucoma refers to a group of eye conditions that lead to damage to the optic nerve, the nerve that carries visual information from the eye to the brain. In many cases, damage to the optic nerve is due to increased pressure in the eye, also known ...Read more


Dr. William Dieck
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Age 58. 30 percent optic nerve damage in 1 eye due to open angle glaucoma. Withg treatment is it possible to prevent vision loss in lifetime?

Age 58. 30 percent optic nerve damage in 1 eye due to open angle glaucoma. Withg treatment is it possible to prevent vision loss in lifetime?

Yes: You will most likely be able to be controlled medically. Your chances of not losing vision from glaucoma are very good. Make sure you are compliant with your medication. ...Read more

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Dr. Richard Bensinger
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Recently diagnosed w/open angle glaucoma and being treated w/ 1 drop.. In general, how long is it before you know if glaucoma is under control?

Recently diagnosed w/open angle glaucoma and being treated w/ 1 drop.. In general, how long is it before you know if glaucoma is under control?

Quickly: presumably you had elevated pressure in your eye. The drop given should lower the pressure within a week. Your ophthalmologist ( you are seeing an ophthalmologist for such a diagnosis?) will have you come back soon to see if the eye pressure responded to normal with your drop. ...Read more

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Dr. Richard Bensinger
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What is open-angle glaucoma?

Open angle glaucoma: This is the most common type of glaucoma in which the drains of the eye interior gradually become obstructed (like plumbing obstruction in your house) leading to elevation of the interior eye pressure. This squeezes the nerves and blood vessels at the back of the eye causing gradual loss of vision over time. Treatment (drops, laser, surgery) will lower pressure and protect the eye. ...Read more

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Dr. Jon Fishburn
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How long can open angle glaucoma go untreated?

How long can open angle glaucoma go untreated?

Never good: Unfortunately, undiagnosed glaucomatous disease & failure to adhere to recommended prescribed treatments for those diagnosed are two of the biggest issues of managing an otherwise very treatable & stabilizable Disease. The best advice is to have a comprehensive eye exam before age 40, particularly if you are in a a high risk group. ...Read more

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Dr. Harvey Fishman
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Dr. Colin McCannel
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What are the most common symptoms of open angle glaucoma?

No symptoms: One of the things about open angle glaucoma is that the peripheral vision loss "sneaks up" on folks. There are no symptoms, and the sign of peripheral vision loss is not noticeable until the vision loss is advanced. If there is a suspicion or family history, have a proper evaluation by an eye doctor. ...Read more

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Dr. Ilan Cohen
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I've got "open angle glaucoma" what is it? Is it heriditary?

Optic nerve damage: Open angle glaucoma is a group of disorders in which there is characteristic and progressive damage to the optic nerve. This results in loss of peripheral vision and can cause blindness. Glaucoma has numerous causes, some of which are genetic and not all of which are fully understood. While having family members with glaucoma increases your risk of getting glaucoma, it does not guarantee it. ...Read more

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