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Can caffeinated tea or coffee increase eye pressure in glaucoma patients?

Can caffeinated tea or coffee increase eye pressure in glaucoma patients?

Unlikely: Factors that affect intraocular pressure are varied and multifactorial and not completely understood. Effect of caffiene probably negligible. ...Read more

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Dr. Robert Chang
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Glaucoma (Definition)

A condition that causes damage to your eye's optic nerve and gets worse over time. It's often linked to a buildup of pressure inside your eye. Without treatment, glaucoma can cause total permanent blindness ...Read more


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Regarding glaucoma will 3 cups of coffee in the morning raise eye pressure?

Minimally: There might be a brief, non-dangerous elevation as the fluid gets into the body, but your kidneys will quickly take care of that. Don't give up your morning coffee on this account. ...Read more

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I heard that target eye pressure for most glaucoma patients should be 14 - 15. Is that true?

I heard that  target eye pressure for most glaucoma  patients should be 14 - 15. Is that true?

Some variation: Normal eye pressure range is 10-21. Glaucoma is when eye pressure exceeds eye resistance to that pressure and varies with the individual case. 14-15 is generally a good target for most cases but some require a lower pressure and some can tolerate higher pressures. Your optimum can be decided with the help of your ophthalmologist. ...Read more

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What eye pressure do doctors start patients on eye drops to prevent glaucoma?

What eye pressure do doctors start patients on eye drops to prevent glaucoma?

Depends: Every patient needs a risk analysis of the various risk factors. Based on that analysis a target pressure is determined. As a group only about 10% of patients with IOP 24 or greater will develop glaucoma therefore not all patients with elevated need to be treated. I have many patients with elevated pressure that I have followed for decades who have not developed glaucoma. ...Read more

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At which eye pressure do doctors start patients on eye drops to prevent glaucoma?

At which eye pressure do doctors start patients on eye drops to prevent glaucoma?

It depends...: on the individual. If the glaucoma is early, moderate, or severe, then the target eye pressure will be set according to the appearance of the optic nerve, visual field test, and a number of other tests for glaucoma. Typically though, if the pressure approaches the mid to upper 20s or higher, treatment is usually started. ...Read more

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Does increased eye pressure mean that I have glaucoma?

Does increased eye pressure mean that I have glaucoma?

Maybe: Glaucoma means the pressure in the eye over time has caused damage to the optic nerve. Increased eye pressure is a risk factor for glaucoma but it does not necessarily mean you have it. Examination and evaluation by an eye md can help determine if you have glaucoma or are at risk of glaucoma and if treatment is needed. ...Read more

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Will I develop glaucoma if I have increased eye pressure?

Will I develop glaucoma if I have increased eye pressure?

Yes: Possibly so - other factors such as age and actual pressure readings will play a role in your specific risk for developing glaucoma. It would be wise to follow up with an eye specialist and understand your risk and recommendations for risk reduction through intra-ocular pressure control. ...Read more

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Although I have not been diagnosed w/glaucoma, my pressure is slightly up. Will using my inversion table, occasionally, increase eye pressure?

Yes, but: Not to worry. The increase in eye pressure will be small and temporary. Do see your eye MD for baseline exam including eye pressure, examination of the optic nerve and its cup to disc ratio, and a visual field test to measure your peripheral vision. Future exams each six months will compare to the baseline exam. Loss of optic nerve tissue or peripheral vision will require treatment. ...Read more

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My glaucoma is stable with good pressure. If I have vitrectomy for macular pucker how likely is it eye pressure will raise & cause damage to nerve?

My glaucoma is stable with good pressure. If I have vitrectomy for macular pucker how likely is it eye pressure will raise & cause damage to nerve?

Damage unlikely: Retinal surgeons are very knowledgeable about the possibility of pressure rise after retinal surgery. They schedule follow up examinations to deal with this if it occurs and prevent damage. If they are comfortable that macular pucker surgery will correct your problem, then you should proceed. ...Read more

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Is the meaning of increased eye pressure is same as consisting glaucoma?

Is the meaning of increased eye pressure is same as consisting glaucoma?

No: Not all increased eye pressure results in glaucoma. Ocular hypertension is considered a glaucoma suspect and is followed until progressive optic nerve damage is detected, which can be a different pressure for different patients. Various ethnicities define elevated eye pressure with different cutoffs. ...Read more

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Dr. Prescribed several eye drops including atropine for pain caused by increased eye pressure but i've heard atropine is not good for glaucoma.

Dr. Prescribed several eye drops including atropine for pain caused by increased eye pressure but i've heard atropine is not good for glaucoma.

Different type: Glaucoma of the classic type (open angle) requires medication and sometimes surgery. Glaucoma termed "acute" is due to an anatomical issue in the eye which can be precipitated by pupillary dilators such as atropine. Your eye doctor has no doubt ruled this out as a possibility so that Atropine in your case would be safe to use. ...Read more

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If you miss a day of glaucoma eye medication will your eye pressure increase?

If you miss a day of glaucoma eye medication will your eye pressure increase?

Minimally: Most glaucoma drops have a duration of effect of 12-48 hours. Therefore missing a day will usually not increase the pressure markedly. However, it is a good idea not to skip, especially if you have field loss from glaucoma or have very susceptible optic nerves. ...Read more

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In mild stage open angle glaucoma in 1 eye is it safe to have lasik surgery. Is there a risk it will permanently raise eye pressure & treatment change?

In mild stage open angle glaucoma in 1 eye is it safe to have lasik surgery. Is there a risk it will permanently raise eye pressure & treatment change?

Should be OK: You however need to discuss this with the ophthalmologist that will do the lasik. There are certain parameters that need to be measured to see if you are a candidate. Also, lasik thins the cornea making the eye pressure measurements less reliable. ...Read more

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Does having sex, watching tv and using the computer increase eye pressure for ocular hypertension patient under medication and observation?

Does having sex, watching tv and using the computer increase eye pressure for ocular hypertension patient under medication and observation?

No effect: These activities in the normal way do not have any effect on intraocular pressure or the progression of ocular hypertension. I can imagine some very athletic sexual positions in which your head is well below the level of your heart, which might temporarily increase the eye pressure but this would not be chronic and therefore would not cause harm. ...Read more

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Travatan has lowered eye pressure in glaucoma 40% but i'm very afraid of possible eye color change. Could cosopt also lower pressure 40%?

Do not worry: Travatan is very effective at lowering pressure with almost no side effects, but more importantly can help prevent vision loss from glaucoma by lowering the pressure. The eye color change is rare, and might occur with long term use in people with blue eyes and a hazel center. The hazel part might appear darker or larger over a long period of time. Cosopt is ok, but has more side effects. ...Read more

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Eye pressure in glaucoma has dropped 50% using 1 drop travatan. Would slt produce same result?

Eye pressure in glaucoma has dropped 50% using 1 drop travatan. Would slt produce same result?

Possible: Higher number you start with, the followup reading tends to be lower. Best to attempt comparison with slt in eye before a prostaglandin has been tried. ...Read more

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Does eye pressure in glaucoma usually need to be lower than the target pressure in order to prevent damage?

Does eye pressure in glaucoma usually need to be lower than the target pressure in order to prevent damage?

Not necessarily: Usually shoot low because pressure fluctuates during day, so it helps keep it in "good" range all day. Also no benefit to high-normal pressures. ...Read more

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Moderate Glaucoma with low eye pressure but last exam Dr. says I have optic atrophy. What does this mean?

Moderate Glaucoma with low eye pressure but last exam Dr. says I have optic atrophy. What does this mean?

See a specialist: It is very common for people to be misdiagnosed with "Low Tension Glaucoma" or "Normal Tension Glaucoma." If you have optic atrophy, this means it is probably not glaucoma, and you need to see a specialist, such as a neuro-ophthalmologist, to check for other causes. This will likely include getting an MRI to check for a brain or optic nerve tumor. ...Read more

Dr. Jeffrey Gold
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Eye Pain (Definition)

Depends on further explanation by history and findings on evaluation and examination. An ophthalmologist can resolve this issue ...Read more