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Can you tell me the usual progression for vision loss with glaucoma?

Can you tell me the usual progression for vision loss with glaucoma?

It differs: The classic vision loss pattern is peripheral first, then more central as time goes on. Most people do not detect vision loss until there has been significant damage to the nerve. As well, some indiviuals may notice a larger than normal blindspot in their vision. ...Read more

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Dr. Tim Conrad
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Loss Of Vision (Definition)

Loss of vision reflects the inability to perceive images. Such a phenotype can be due to occlusive or barriers to light (e.g. cataracts) through retinal alterations (e.g. wet macular degeneration) to optic nerve lesions (e.g. from a pituitary adenoma) to central nervous system ...Read more


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What is the progression for vision loss with glaucoma?

What is the progression for vision loss with glaucoma?

Peripheral vision: Typically glaucoma patients lose peripheral vision first and then if the glaucoma progresses central vision can be lost. Rarely some central loss can occur early on in the disease process. ...Read more

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Will glasses help with vision loss caused by glaucoma?

Will glasses help with vision loss caused by glaucoma?

No: Glaucoma is due to eye pressure that are too high for the eye, and leads to gradual loss of vision by damaging the nerve in the back of the eye. Glasses will not help treat this disease process. ...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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Do people with normal tension glaucoma progress to vision loss sooner than regular tension patients.

Do people with normal tension glaucoma progress to vision loss sooner than regular tension patients.

Regular tension?: Do you mean those with regular (normal ) tension and no glaucoma vs. Normal tension glaucoma. All glaucomas progress at variable rates depending upon age, severity and type of treatment. It is not possible to predict an individual case although predictions can be made when a case is followed for several years and the pattern is known for that case. ...Read more

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What types of glaucoma cause rapid vision loss?

What types of glaucoma cause rapid vision loss?

Any type can, but: Typically a narrow-angle/angle-closure types cause rapid visual loss. This type of glaucoma is symptomatic (eye pain, blurriness, nausea), although by the time the symptoms arise it's often too late. Patients with open-angle glaucoma and low/normal tension glaucoma often experience what *seems* like rapid visual loss, when in reality the 'blind spots' have slowly crept into the central vision. ...Read more

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How does one deal with glaucoma and vision loss?

How does one deal with glaucoma and vision loss?

Close follow up!: See your Ophthalmologist as scheduled and be compliant with your treatment. If you have significant vision loss there are many programs and organizations to help cope with poor vision. Ask your Ophthalmologist for a referral for a low-vision evaluation. ...Read more

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What's the leading cause of vision loss in people over 60? Glaucoma?

What's the leading cause of vision loss in people over 60? Glaucoma?

Short or long term?: The leading cause of correctable vision loss is cataract. Glaucoma causes a slowly evolving loss if unresponsive to treatment and causes much vision loss especially in the third world. The two major causes of uncorrectable loss are diabetes and macular degenration. Diabetes loss is prevalent in the 60's (and younger) while mac degen affects a more elderly age group. ...Read more

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How can one deal with glaucoma and the loss of vision?

Good relationship : If severe vision loss is present there are some low vision aids available that assist people in conducting their daily activities. Counseling is also important. Unfortunately, to date, there is nothing available to regenerate lost axons from glaucomatous optic neuropathy. ...Read more

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Can vision loss due to glaucoma be reversible through homeopathy?

Can vision loss due to glaucoma be reversible through homeopathy?

No: Damage to an optic nerve from glaucoma is irreversable. This is because it it part of the central nervous system and does not regenerate. This is why early diagnosis of glaucoma is essential to stop permanent nerve damage and vision loss. ...Read more

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How do optometrists figure out the percentage of vision loss for people with glaucoma?

See ophthalmologist: This is not an important issue for optometrists who fit contacts and glasses mostly. You should see a glaucoma specialist ophthalmologist who can make these determinations using field of vision testing, acuity issues and pressure measurements. ...Read more

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I've been diagnosed with mild symptoms of glaucoma. As there a natural way to cure this and get rid of permanent vision loss?

Chronic Condition: Glaucoma is a chronic medical condition that needs to be monitored and followed on a regular basis. As long as glaucoma is caught early and treated early the majority of patients do well. Unfortunately there is no 'cure' for glaucoma but it is a manageable condition. Damage from glaucoma is not reversible, the goal of treatment is to prevent further vision loss. ...Read more

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How do physicians figure the percentage of vision loss for someone with glaucoma?

How do physicians figure the percentage of vision loss for someone with glaucoma?

Complex: Measuring a person's true visual capacity is an incredibly complex and difficult to perform test. A multitude of factors go into achieving good vision and trying to place a percentage on vision loss is simplistic at best. With that being said certain tests like visual field loss, loss of contrast sensitivity, decrease in visual acuity can be surrogates for visual function. ...Read more

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I was detected with glaucoma, earlier i was having peripheral vision loss which i neglected that advanced to complete vision loss. what should i do?

Continue treatment: Obviously you discovered the vision loss and hopefully are seeing an ophthalmologist (not an optometrist) for treatment. Your goal, since you have lost vision in one eye is to be very diligent with treatment for the remaining eye to prevent it losing any more vision. The loss from the blind eye, in glaucoma, unfortunately is permanent. ...Read more

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How can I stop worrying about having a disease that can cause vision loss or blindness (glaucoma).. Dr says treatments may control it but no guarantee?

How can I stop worrying about having a disease that can cause vision loss or blindness (glaucoma).. Dr says treatments may control it but no guarantee?

Support group: http://www.glaucoma.org/treatment/questions-and-answers-living-with-glaucoma.php. A reference for you. I recommend support group contact In your area: GOOGLE glaucoma support Groups & attend a social gathering of sim. Affected. I have found this particularly helpful. Remember that greater than 85% of affected people live well with glaucoma. You still have to be diligent with therapy & follow up. ...Read more

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Dr. Richard Bensinger
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Vision (Definition)

Vision is a feature of a person's brain that allows him to see. He must have normal eyes, optic nerves (that stretch from the eyes to the back of his brain), and visual cortex (the vision center in the brain), in order to see properly. An ophthalmologist is a ...Read more


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