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Can you tell me about tests for cataracts and glaucoma?

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 more

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Dr. Richard Bensinger
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Cataracts (Definition)

A cataract is a clouding (or change in protein composition) of the normally clear lens (which is located behind the pupil and iris) inside the eye. Cataracts are most commonly due to aging, but can be congenital (born with it), due to trauma or uveitis (eye inflammation). The condition can worsen by long-term topical steroid ...Read more


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What are the tests involved for someone cataracts and glaucoma?

What are the tests involved for someone cataracts and glaucoma?

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 more

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What is the glaucoma and cataract diagnosis?

What is the glaucoma and cataract diagnosis?

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 more

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Do people with glaucoma usually get cataracts?

Yes: Everyone gets cataracts as they get older (glaucoma is a disease of older age as well), also glaucoma surgery accelerates cataract formation. ...Read more

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How many people are diagnosed with glaucoma and cataracts annually?

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

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What connection is there between glaucoma cataracts and diabetes as they have similar symptoms?

What connection is there between glaucoma cataracts and diabetes as they have similar symptoms?

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 more

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What to do if I have cataract surgery to treat glaucoma?

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 more

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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 more

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Diagnosed with cataracts and glaucoma. Since glaucoma and diabetes have similar symptoms, should I be checked for diabetes as a precaution?

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 more

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What kind of diseases other than glaucoma and cataracts can cause blindness?

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 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