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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

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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Does beer and or wine consumption affect glaucoma?

Does beer and or wine consumption affect glaucoma?

No: Alcohol can reduce eye pressure, but when studied, alcohol consumption did not affect the risk of glaucoma. ...Read more

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Glaucoma-can't drink a lot of water?

Glaucoma-can't drink a lot of water?

Yes: You can drink as much water as you would like. ...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 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

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Can optometrist be relied on to diagnose glaucoma? Said I didn't have it yet but would watch it. Glaucoma specialist said I have it at moderate stage

Can optometrist be relied on to diagnose glaucoma? Said I didn't have it yet but would watch it. Glaucoma specialist said I have it at moderate stage

No!: Only an ophthalmologist has the training and experience to diagnose, monitor and treat glaucoma. Early glaucoma can be very subtle, and optometrists do not have the medical background or level of experience to distinguish early signs as glaucoma usually presents with no symptoms. ...Read more

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Will beer later on in life turn me into getting hbp? I drink only on my days off so maybe once a week 2 the most. Worried I don't want hbp cause of be

Will beer later on in life turn me into getting hbp? I drink only on my days off so maybe once a week 2 the most. Worried I don't want hbp cause of be

Possibly: 1 drink per day for women, can have positive cardioprotective and long-term memory benefits. However excessive chronic alcohol intake (2+drinks/day for women) can increase cardiac risk, including high blood pressure, cardiovascular disease, and dementia. ...Read more

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Can you take robinul (glycopyrrolate) if you have glaucoma or are glaucoma suspect? I was reading that if you have glaucoma you shouldn't take it. Why is that?

Can you take robinul (glycopyrrolate) if you have glaucoma or are glaucoma suspect? I was reading that if you have glaucoma you shouldn't take it. Why is that?

Cause narrow angle: Robinul (glycopyrrolate) is a synthetic anticholinergic agent which can cause the pupils to dilate and exacerbate narrow angle (closing of inner drain of eye) and thus damage nerve (ie, glaucoma). ...Read more

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How bad is it if you don't treat diabetis and you drink beer?

How bad is it if you don't treat diabetis and you drink beer?

Very bad: Drinking or not beer...Diabetes alone can cause serious sad damage to the kidneys, heart, arteries and retina (eyes) it may en up with amputations of toes or legs, strokes and heart attracts. Beer will contribute to the big "belly" producing a metabolic syndrome and more resistance to his own Insulin worsening the diabetes. ...Read more

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Why can't you have a beer with methylprednisolone?

Why can't you have a beer with methylprednisolone?

Not at same time: I don't think that drinking one beer would be a problem as long as you don't take the medication with the beer. Both alcohol and methylprednisolone can cause inflammation of the stomach lining so that overdoing it with daily alcohol is not recommended while on that medication. ...Read more

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Does glaucoma hurt?

Does glaucoma hurt?

It can: There are 2 main types of glaucoma, closed-angle (acute) and open-angle (chronic). Acute glaucoma is less common, but can present with sudden eye pain due to an increase in intraocular pressure. Chronic glaucoma commonly does not present with eye pain as the process of the disease is more gradual. Be sure to see your doctor if you are experiencing any eye symptoms or are concerned about glaucoma. ...Read more

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Who is at risk for glaucoma?

Who is at risk for glaucoma?

Everyone: Technically, glaucoma affects babies to adults. Typically older age is a higher risk. Certain ethnicities can be a higher risk for various types of glaucoma. Family history of glaucoma increases the risk. Glaucoma has many secondary causes as well. ...Read more

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Hi, how will I treat glaucoma.?

Drops/Lasers/Surgery: Depending on the type and severity of glaucoma that you have, the options for treatment include different eye drops, laser treatments and surgical options. The goal of all treatment modalities is to lower the eye pressure. Speak with your eye doctor to determine which treatment option is best for you. ...Read more

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How do I know if I have glaucoma?

How do I know if I have glaucoma?

Eye exam plus: A comprehensive eye exam including a history of systemic & ocular problems, family history, & type of present medications. Intraocular pressure is measured. Dilation of the pupils is performed to evaluate the optic nerve, retina & blood vessels. Corneal pachymetry, optical coherence tomography, & visual field testing are performed as necessary. The data gathered is analyzed; diagnosis & treatment. ...Read more

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How does the test go for glaucoma?

Multiple tests…: Are requested for a glaucoma patient. After checking the patient's vision, The eye pressure should be taken, and refraction to fully correct for glasses. There is a measurement of the thickness of the cornea in addition to a visual field test and possibly a scan of the retinal nerve fiber layer of the back of the eye. A picture of the optic nerve also helps. ...Read more

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What is glaucoma and is it serious?

What is glaucoma and is it serious?

Optic nerve disease: Glaucoma as defined by The American Academy of Ophthalmology is “a group of diseases with certain features including an intraocular pressure that is too high for the continued health of the eye.” It is very serious and is often free of symptoms until late in the disease. There tends to be a familial tendency and is more common in African Americans & the elderly. ...Read more

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Can glaucoma occur in 14 year olds?

Glaucoma: Glaucoma can occur in a 14 year old albeit rare. Glaucoma can occur at any age (congenital, juvenile, adult). I recommend seeing an eye doctor for an exam and further evaluation. ...Read more

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How do amhetamines affect glaucoma?

Be careful: There are 2 types of glaucoma: open aangle and narrow (closed) angle. Narrow angle is less common and is caused by the iris (color of the eye) blocking the eye's natural drain. Certain medications can force the iris to further block the drain, increasing eye pressure and worsening the glaucoma. For this reason, it is vital that you tell your eye doctor all the medications/drugs that you take. ...Read more

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How can you tell you have glaucoma?

How can you tell you have glaucoma?

Often symptomless: A comprehensive eye examination including a dilated funduscopic examination is essential to diagnosing glaucoma. Additional testing thereafter, if indicated, would also be performed. Many people diagnosed with glaucoma have no symptoms. A positive family history, traumatic eye injury, steroid medication use, inflammatory eye disease, congenital abnormalities, aging are among some instigators. ...Read more

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Who's at the most risk for glaucoma?

Who's at the most risk for glaucoma?

Variety of factors: Person who has immediate relative with glaucoma (parents or siblings), with large cupped optic nerves and high eye pressures (above 21), with history of blunt eye trauma would I think be at most risk for glaucoma. ...Read more

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What do I do if diagnosed as glaucoma?

See your eye doctor: There are couple of ways of treating glaucoma. Medication, laser, or surgery. Best to let your ophthalmologist guide you in your treatment. ...Read more

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How is normal tension glaucoma treated?

Lower eye pressure: Normal tension glaucoma exists when the pressure in the eye, despite being what we call normal, causes changes that mimic ordinary glaucoma damage. Treatment is with drops and surgery to get the pressure even lower. The goal is the same, to get the pressure lower to a level that allows the eye to function but causes no pressure damage. It is not very common. ...Read more

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How many sub-types of glaucoma are there?

Several: The two major types, open angle and narrow angle
other sub-types include traumatic, inflammatory and pseudoexpholiation, . ...Read more

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How probable is it for me to develop glaucoma?

How probable is it for me to develop glaucoma?

Prevalence: The prevalence of glaucoma depends on race, age, gender, certain disease states, genetics. For Blacks its about 3.4% compared to 1.9% for whites. Hispanics are about 1.5%. The prevalence increases with aging, female gender. Family history that is positive for the disease as well as increasing intraocular pressure that is determined to be unhealthy for the optic nerve are other contributors. ...Read more