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Does beer affect glaucoma?

Does beer affect glaucoma?

No: Alcohol is known to lower eye pressure, but in population studies drinking was not related to or a risk factor for glaucoma. Heavy fluid intake quickly could theoretically raise eye pressure temporarily. ...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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Why do I black out after a few beers. Can't remember anything next day?

Why do I black out after a few beers. Can't remember anything next day?

Stop drinking: Your body may not be metabolizing or eliminating alchol well leading to you getting intoxicated with minimal drinks. ...Read more

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Why is it that i itch so bad that i can't sleep everytime going to bed without beer?

Why is it that i itch so bad that i can't sleep everytime going to bed without beer?

Alcoholic: You may be an alcoholic if you can only sleep comfortably after drinking beer. If you have to have even just one beer every night just to feel "non-itchy" this is a classic sign. It may be your body going through withdrawal and craving the alcohol. Talk to a family member, friend or doctor about your drinking habits. ...Read more

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Is taking beer/scotch once a week bad for health? So far, don't have any health issues; 34 years old male.

Is taking beer/scotch once a week bad for health? So far, don't have any health issues; 34 years old male.

No: As long as you only take 2 or 3 drinks and don't get drunk during these once a week drinking sessions it will not cause you any harm unless you have preexisting liver problems such as viral hepatitis and you do not take other drugs that can damage your liver. ...Read more

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I've drank socially 15 yrs w no problems unless I overdid it but last few months I get headaches, sometimes immediate on 2-3 beers & h2o doesn't help?

I've drank socially 15 yrs w no problems unless I overdid it but last few months I get headaches, sometimes immediate on 2-3 beers & h2o doesn't  help?

Alcohol Dependence: I understand your concern for headaches. Your physical and mental health is PRECIOUS! Follow with Cardiologist for your Mitral valve Prolapse and Costochodritis. See a Psychiatrist for your Alcohol use, stresses leading to excessive use, hangover, tension, and migraine headaches. and Therapy . Attend AA Meetings. Use Music, Breathing Relaxation; Visual Imagery, Meditation, Tai Chi and Exercise. ...Read more

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I am going in for a comprehensive bloodwork. They said fast for 10-12 hours. Does that mean i could have some beer the day before, just not during t?

I am going in for a comprehensive bloodwork.  They said fast for 10-12 hours.  Does that mean i could have some beer the day before, just not during t?

Fast 10-12 hours: You can have beer the day before but not within 10 hours of the test. However, it is ok to have water during the fasting period- in fact it's good to have some water the morning before the test... ...Read more

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Why is it recommended that people with glaucoma don't take midol?

Narrow angle: Only certain untreated narrow angle glaucoma patients should be extra cautious with midol or any otc medications with antihistamines, decongestants or other ingredients that could partial dilate the pupil and induce an angle closure glaucoma attack. Ask your doctor if you are at risk. ...Read more

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Can you please tell me why it'srecommended that people with glaucoma don't take midol and the like?

Can you please tell me why it'srecommended that people with glaucoma don't take midol and the like?

Open angles are okay: Midol contains an antihistamine called pyrilamine. All antihistamines have a potential effect on patients with narrow angle glaucoma. The effects of the antihistamine can dilate the pupil, which in turn can congest the angle. This effect can be too much in a narrow angle eye where the angle is already compromised. This can lead to increased pressures inside the eye and worsen glaucoma. Good luck! ...Read more

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Glaucoma exam Dr. noted there was a questionable change to RNFL but didn't seem concerned. Said tests looked good & glaucoma stable. What is RNFL?

Glaucoma exam Dr. noted there was a questionable change to RNFL but didn't seem concerned. Said tests looked good & glaucoma stable. What is RNFL?

Nerve fibers: The optic nerve is a cable with a million fibers. This is a measurable thickness. In the glaucoma, there is a loss of fibers and thus, lower measurements or thinning. The RNFL thickness is measured and tracked overtime, with lower numbers suggesting thinning and progression of glaucoma. Its not a perfect test with a margin of error, sometimes only offering 'questionable' changes. ...Read more

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When I was having beer, small amount, suddenly felt bad and fell on the floor. I had conscious but couldn't keep standing. Never happened. Any cause?

When I was having beer, small amount, suddenly felt bad and fell on the floor. I had conscious but couldn't keep standing. Never happened. Any cause?

I can only guess: Alcohol effects your balance system. I would guess there is or was a problem there that the alcohol aggravated. You are likely looking for conditions associated with vertigo. ...Read more

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How can I be sure that I don't have glaucoma without going to the doctor?

You cant: Sorry, an exam of the optic nerves by a Eye MD is the only recommended way to establish the diagnosis of glaucoma. Ancillary testing can help, but interpretation of the tests and correlation of the results to the eye examination is essential. This particularly important in families with higher risk: Aftican-American or Hispanic, positive family history, over 60, eye injury, steroid use, diabetes.. ...Read more

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How come men get bigger beer bellies than women even if we don't drink beer?

How come men get bigger beer bellies than women even if we don't drink beer?

FAT DEPOSITS: Fat deposits in the abdomen even if you don't drink.You could not drink but be eating a lot of fatty food. ...Read more

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Follow up glaucoma exam Dr. said more RNFL loss, but damage hadn't shown up on field test yet. Why the delay & how long before it's seen?

Rnfl: there is no exact time course between Rnfl loss and visual field defect. Indeed it may be possible to lose up to 50 percent of your rnfl before visual field defects appear on standard white on white perimetry. Progressive loss of Rnfl on serial oct scans may indicate that your eye pressure is not under ideal control. But there is also some Rnfl lost yearly just from age related change ...Read more

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I've been taking morphine for the past couple weeks cuz of injury. Haven't taken 1 for ovr 24 hours. Is it ok to drink a beer? Or a couple?

I've been taking morphine for the past couple weeks cuz of injury. Haven't taken 1 for ovr 24 hours. Is it ok to drink a beer? Or a couple?

Depends on kind of: Morphine. If you were taking a long-acting preparation (ms contin, Kadian (morphine) or generics), i would recommend waiting at least 48 hours. In any case, it should not be more than a couple. Alcohol impairs both our immune system and our ability to form fibrous tissue necessary for healing. ...Read more