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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. 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


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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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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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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


Dr. Tim Conrad
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Vision Loss (Definition)

Vision loss is where a person becomes unable to see to the extent that they were previously able. This can include a total loss of vision, a loss of visual acuity, or a loss of part ...Read more