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I have borderline glaucoma, how long will it be before it gets really bad?

I have borderline glaucoma, how long will it be before it gets really bad?

Borderline glaucoma: Diagnosis from your ophthalmologist indicates you have risk factors coupled with suspicious results on your glaucoma tests that do not meet the criteria for the actual diagnosis of glaucoma. Some individuals never go on to develop overt glaucoma while others do progress. Regular follow up visits and testing will help develop a clearer answer over time. ...Read more

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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 have borderline glaucoma. How much vision loss will I have?

I have borderline glaucoma. How much vision loss will I have?

Glaucoma: Borderline is not really correct. Either you have damage to the optic nerve making glaucoma, or you do not have damage. You may have risk factors or finding that suggest you have or may develop glaucoma. The amount of vision loss will be determined by how well it is controlled, if you do have glaucoma. ...Read more

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Have borderline glaucoma with ocular hyper tension . No heart related issues . When I use timolol maleate 0.5% it hurts in the heart region. Advise ?

Have borderline glaucoma  with ocular hyper tension . No heart related issues . When I use timolol maleate 0.5% it hurts in the heart region. Advise ?

Side effect: If you notice chest pain or tightness or breathing difficulty, you should discontinue timolol and call your eye doc about your symptoms. He/she will more than likely switch you to a different class of medication. ...Read more

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What does a borderline oct rnfl classification in an eye exam mean in a non glaucoma patient.

What does a borderline oct rnfl classification in an eye exam mean in a non glaucoma patient.

Probably nothing: In the absense of other findings, it probably doesn't mean anything. I would just repeat it in the future. ...Read more

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What are the necessary steps taken for the early stages of glaucoma?

What are the necessary steps taken for the early stages of glaucoma?

Early glaucoma: In early stage glaucoma, baseline testing is done with visual field and sometimes nerve fiber layer scanning. The cup to disc ratio of the optic nerve is noted. Treatment by SLT laser or eye drops attempts to lower the eye pressure about 25%. Patients are checked 3 to 4 times per year. Each year, the testing is repeated. If worse, then treatment must be more aggressive.If not worse, you are OK. ...Read more

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What is glaucoma and is it serious?

What is glaucoma and is it serious?

Optic nerve disease: Glaucoma as defined by The American Academy of Ophthalmology is “a group of diseases with certain features including an intraocular pressure that is too high for the continued health of the eye.” It is very serious and is often free of symptoms until late in the disease. There tends to be a familial tendency and is more common in African Americans & the elderly. ...Read more

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What causes glaucoma?

Mostly unknown: A few cases of glaucoma occur due to trauma, inherited problems and anatomical underpinnings. The majority - 'open angle glaucoma'- is largely age related with no known cause. ...Read more

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Can I have glaucoma and still have perfect vision?

Yes: Glaucoma can affect your vision, but early on, it may not.Get a glaucoma screen.It's easy. ...Read more

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What are the causes of blurriness in glaucoma?

Several factors: The major cause of blurred vision from glaucoma is related to damage to the optic nerve. The visual information it sends to the brain is not as crisp since some of the "wires" within the nerve are lost. It is similar to a television cable that has been paritally cut, causing the t.V. Image to be less sharp. ...Read more

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