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Are there any medications for glaucoma that you should take before flying?

Are there any medications for glaucoma that you should take before flying?

Flying eye pressure: The eye is filled with water and water is essentially non-compressible. The cabins are also pressurized.... Therefore, unless you have a gas in the eye (such as after a retinal detachment repair) then air travel is not an issue for eye pressure. ...Read more

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Dr. Robert Chang
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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


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I'm not taking medication for glaucoma. What will happen?

I'm not taking medication for glaucoma. What will happen?

Blindness?: If you have been diagnosed with glaucoma & your Eye MD has recommended treatment to preserve visual function, your eyesight will gradually diminish if you are not adherent to the recommendations. Up to 30-40% of patients don't properly use their eye medications & consequently their glaucoma progresses. Vision is a precious special sense & unfortunately often taken for granted. Why not protect it! ...Read more

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What to do if I have glaucoma. what medications should I avoid using?

Depends: Talk to your doctor about what type of glaucoma you have. Most over the counter medications with a warning label to consult with your physician before using are specifically targeting Narrow angle forms of glaucoma (primary, secondary). If you are not affected with narrow angle glaucoma, then these medications may be taken as labeled and/or by the advice of your health care practitioner. ...Read more

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

See eye doctor: Since uncontrolled glaucoma can lead to blindness or significant vision loss , I urge you to see an eye doctor ASAP. The blindness can come on at any time. In the meanwhile, avoid all 1st generation antihistamine (Benadryl (diphenhydramine) etc), any drug with anti-cholinergic activities, and oral or injected steroid just to name a few until your eye doctor tells you otherwise. ...Read more

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I'm using allergan (combigan and ganfort) for an advanced glaucoma. Are these the best drugs for treating glaucoma, or are there better ones?

Glaucoma: Both combigan and ganfort are combination drops. Both contain timolol which would be unnecessary duplicate therapy with potential for side effects. This maybe something to address with your eye doc. However, it is often difficult to suggest alternatives in advanced glaucoma if a regimen is already working for you...a sort of ' don't fix what's not broken' approach. Good luck ...Read more

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Can cholesterol drugs cause glaucoma?

Benefit greatest: The greatest benefit for protection against glaucoma was in men with cardiovascular disease and high cholesterol. The authors believe statins might lower the risk of glaucoma by reducing atherosclerosis in the optic nerve, or by improving blood flow in the eye. Statins might also enhance the ability of cells just in front of the iris to drain excess fluid. ...Read more

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Glaucoma- is it ok to fly if I have this?

Absolutely: There is no interaction between the conditions encountered in flying and the progression of glaucoma. Hopefully you are on treatment and being monitored but you need not fear flying. ...Read more

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Is it dangerous to your vision to fly if you have glaucoma?

Flying and eye: Glaucoma is not a risk factor for flying. However some patients with glaucoma also have had retinal surgery and if during that surgery an air bubble was injected to hold the retina in place, then flying can be dangerous as the bubble can expand at heights. Ask your retinal surgeon when you can fly, . ...Read more

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Is any drug useful for glaucoma to preserve field of vision?

Yes: There are many eye medications that have been shown to be very useful in the management of glaucoma. Unfortunately, it may continue to progress and appropriate treatment may include surgical intervention and/or eye medications. ...Read more

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Has anyone been put on medication for simply being a glaucoma suspect?

Has anyone been put on medication for simply being a glaucoma suspect?

Generally not: In most cases, once testing indicates someone has glaucoma, they are no longer considered suspect and are started on treatment. However, sometimes the tests aren't conclusive, but the optic nerve appears to have glaucoma related damage. In this case, a doctor may start you on medicine, but still call you a suspect. ...Read more

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