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Can You Tell Me About Tests For Cataracts And Glaucoma
There are several : tests utilized separately for glaucoma and for cataract evaluation. For glaucoma: eye pressure, Slitlamp examination of the eye focusing on the optic nerve, gonioscopy to look at the angle structures, visual field test to look for subtle patterns of vision loss, a retinal nerve fiber layer analyzer to evaluate patterns of nerve loss, and fundus photos to monitor for change in optic nerve. ...Read moreSee 2 more doctor answers
A cataract is a clouding of the lens of the eye, which should normally be clear. Cataracts are usually painless and develop slowly, causing a gradual worsening of vision. Cataracts will affect the vision of most individuals by the time they are at the age of 75, but risk factors speeding up their development include diabetes, too much exposure to UV light (sunlight), ...Read more
Eye Exam: I full eye exam would suggest if you have glaucoma or cataracts. Evaluation of your lens, intraocular pressure and optic nerve would all be done in a standard exam. If glaucoma is suspected after examining pressures and nerves, more testing may be warranted such as visual field testing, oct testing and pacchymetry. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Diagnosis : Glaucoma is when the eye pressure leads to progressive nerve damage over time. If untreated, it leads to irreversible vision loss and blindness. Cataract is when the lens inside the eye becomes cloudy and affects vision adversely. It is treatable by surgery and completely reversible. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
See below: There are about 2 million cataract surgeries performed annually in the usa. That means that there are about 3 million new cataract being diagnosed every year. There are about 5 million people in the usa with glaucoma. There are probably 1/2 million new cases diagnosed annually in the usa. ...Read more
Eye exam needed: All can impact vision. All involve different parts of yhe eye (cataract is change to lens, glaucoma involves changes to the optic nerve, and diabtes can change the retina and blood vessels). A complete eye exam is needed to determine if these are present. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
If you're being treated for glaucoma by ophthalmologist for glaucoma would early cataracts be seen during glaucoma examinations?
Yes: Glaucoma examinations include a detailed dilated examination of both the anterior and posterior segments of the eye. Cataracts are clouding of the human lens which is located in the anterior segment of the eye and is easily seen with a dilated exam. The impact on vision is determined by history and determining the visual acuity after refraction. ...Read moreSee 2 more doctor answers
Diagnosed with cataracts and glaucoma. Since glaucoma and diabetes have similar symptoms, should I be checked for diabetes as a precaution?
Doesn't hurt: Most people with glaucoma do not actually have any symptoms, and the link between diabetes and glaucoma is confusing (linked in some studies and not in others). However diabetes is very common and you are over age 40, so a reasonable thing to check just for general health - see your primary doc for advice on this. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Cataract surgery: can help increase the available space in your eye where fluid drains out. This can potentially lower your eye pressure. Sometimes, stents or a special laser is used in conjunction with cataract surgery to lower the eye pressure even further. If your vision is also impaired from cataracts, then the surgery will help with that too. Good luck. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Many, many: An entire medical specialty is devoted to identifying ocular and systemic diseases that are threats to vision. So, really too many to list. Ocular problems include macular degeneration, blood vessel obstruction, infection, injury, tumors, etc! systemic disease includes blood vessel obstruction, diabetes, tumors and on and on! ...Read moreSee 2 more doctor answers
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