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What else causes glaucoma besides the intraocular pressure?

What else causes glaucoma besides the intraocular pressure?

Great question: We know high IOP is the biggest risk factor, but other than that, genetics, aging, certain ethnicity (African American, Latino, Asian), thin corneas, high myopia, migraine, raynauds, systemic hyper- or hypotension, diabetes, chronic corticosteroids, eye injury, inflammation, & probably many more (yet to be determined) factors. Early detection w/ a comprehensive eye examination beginning under 40. ...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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Glaucoma - is there any way to naturally decrease intraocular pressure?

Glaucoma - is there any way to naturally decrease intraocular pressure?

Exercise: Exercise is the only natural way that I know of that is supported by research. ...Read more

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So is 9mmhg a normal intraocular pressure for a glaucoma patient?

So is 9mmhg a normal intraocular pressure for a glaucoma patient?

Terrific: The goal of treatment in glaucoma is to get the pressure to a level lower than that which will cause eye damage. In almost all cases, achieving a pressure level of 9 would be considered terrific and vision saving. Normal is a range but with the same issue - preserving vision. ...Read more

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Glaucoma/intraocular pressure control, how can this be done?

Glaucoma/intraocular pressure control, how can this be done?

Many treatments: Your Eye physician determines which treatment would seem most appropriate for lowering intraocular pressure in your eye. This determination is based on disease severity, health factors& desired target range of intraocular pressure. Treatment may range from eye drops (1 or more types), oral medication (rare), laser, to incisional glaucoma surgery. Most often, 1 or more of these treatments will work ...Read more

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Ok to take an SSRI (Paxil (paroxetine) 20 mg) with history of elevated intraocular pressure and 'glaucoma suspect' status? Thanks

Ok to take an SSRI (Paxil (paroxetine) 20 mg) with history of elevated intraocular pressure and 'glaucoma suspect' status? Thanks

Best ask Eye Dr.: The provider assessing your eye issues is the best by far to ask about this. It's very good that you are thinking of it before doing it. We wish more folks would! With so many on SSRIs now, they must have had experience with the impact on such eye issues. Good luck w/ finding the best views on this. ...Read more

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In davinci hysterectomy with glaucoma what is the safest degree of tilt in the Trendelenburg position to eliminate rise in intraocular pressure.

No exact number: There is not an agreed upon number. Each case should be reviewed on a case by case basis. Your Gyn surgeon may want to send you for preop clearance by your eye doctor to determine if you are a candidate for Robotic surgery. Eye injury from trendelenberg is rare but it can occur. Your gyn surgeon will also need to determine if your case can be done robotically if steep trendelenberg is not approved ...Read more

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What are the specifics of cataract surgery in a patient with treatment-resistant high intraocular pressure due to glaucoma? I am a 43-year-old businessman. I was diagnosed with open-angle glaucoma and cataract in span of just two years. My treatment consi

What are the specifics of cataract surgery in a patient with treatment-resistant high intraocular pressure due to glaucoma? I am a 43-year-old businessman. I was diagnosed with open-angle glaucoma and cataract in span of just two years. My treatment consi

In: In many glaucoma patients, cataract surgery is performed the same way as it is performed in non-glaucomatous patients. Depending on your severity, the surgeon may use some special techniques to make sure your pressure does not go up too high during or after the surgery.

In a small group of patients who are not being well controlled on glaucoma drops, a combined cataract surgery along with a glaucoma surgery (tube shunt or trabeculectomy) can be performed at the same time.

Your doctor will be able to best answer whether you will need a single cataract surgery or a combined procedure. ...Read more

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How effective is medical marijuana as a glaucoma treatment? I'm curious if medical marijuana can reduce intraocular pressure. Some of the drugs my doctor has prescribed for my glaucoma haven't worked that well. Is medical marijuana a good glaucoma treatme

How effective is medical marijuana as a glaucoma treatment? I'm curious if medical marijuana can reduce intraocular pressure. Some of the drugs my doctor has prescribed for my glaucoma haven't worked that well. Is medical marijuana a good glaucoma treatme

No: It is the active ingredient of marijuana, thc, that lowers the pressure in the eye. In order for a glaucoma medication to be effective, it must lower the pressure all of the time. So for marijuana to be effective, you would have to high all of the time, even when asleep. ...Read more

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Can a headache cause a high intraocular pressure reading?

Can a headache cause a high intraocular pressure reading?

Yes but: Most likely the high pressure reading is causing the headache
i am sure if you have either you are under the care of either an eye surgeon or your local doctor either way keep in touch with your doctor ...Read more

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How does levodopa/carbidopa cause a rise in intraocular pressure? I understand that it can cause an acute rise in that pressure but how?

How does levodopa/carbidopa cause a rise in intraocular pressure? I understand that it can cause an acute rise in that pressure but how?

Glaucoma: Carbidopa/levodopa are contraindicated in narrow angle glaucoma because it may result in acute intraocular pressure rise. In people with open angle glaucoma, intraocular pressure should be monitored carefully. ...Read more

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Does elevated intraocular pressure cause retinal detachment?

Does elevated intraocular pressure cause retinal detachment?

No: These are two unrelated conditions. Elevated pressure in the eye can cause permanent blindness, but does not in any way cause the retina to detach. ...Read more

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I was wondering what are the remedial measures to prevent intraocular pressure from increasing?

None known: Since, in most cases, the cause of increased intraocular pressure is unknown, we also do not know any ways to prevent it from rising. The best course is to follow your ophthalmologist's plan to monitor and manage the pressure. ...Read more

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Can succinylcholine drugs decrease intraocular pressure?

Yes: Succinylcholine does increase intraocular pressures for about 20 minutes after administration. ...Read more

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In what way is intraocular pressure measured from within the sterile field?

Schiotz tonometer: I commonly use a sterilized schiotz indentation tonometer in a sterile field. The accuracy is fair, but the instrument can be sterilized and will not compromise the sterile field. ...Read more

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How often should I have my intraocular pressure checked? I have intraocular hypertension. Once/yr. Doesn't seem enough, after checking every 6 months.

How often should I have my intraocular pressure checked? I have intraocular hypertension. Once/yr. Doesn't seem enough, after checking every 6 months.

Depends: If you have a long history of stable pressure and normal visual fields and normal corneal thickness and normal nerve fiber thickness on hrt/gdx/oct testing and you do not have diabetes and you are not african american and you are not asian then twice a year would be good depending on how high the pressure is. Three times a year will keep you on a short leash but will keep you very safe. ...Read more

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What's the normal intraocular pressure of the human eye?

What's the normal intraocular pressure of the human eye?

A range: The generally accepted range is 10 to 21 mm hg as measured by standard instrumentation such as the goldmann tonometer and other devices. ...Read more

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How is intraocular pressure typically measured?

How is intraocular pressure typically measured?

Different ways: Commonly, goldmann applanation with the blue light or air puff pneumotonometer. We also use tonopen, icare, pascal, reichert's, perkin's, and palpation depending on the cornea status. Schiotz is rarely used anymore. ...Read more

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Is there any way to naturally decrease intraocular pressure?

Is there any way to naturally decrease intraocular pressure?

Agree: The one thing worth mentioning is that the effect of exercise is typically transient - to enjoy the lowering iop effect, the exercise must be done on a regular basis. All types of exercise (aerobic, isometric, etc) seem to have some benefit. ...Read more

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Should I be worried if intraocular pressure elevated at 22 mm hg?

Should I be worried if intraocular pressure elevated at 22 mm hg?

Normal IOP 10-20: Intraocular pressure (aka IOP) usually runs between approximately 10 and 20 mm Hg. It is frequently elevated in glaucoma, although not always. A pressure of 22 is elevated, although like with blood pressure there can be fluctuations. If you have no family history of glaucoma, I would recommend a recheck in 6 months. If you do have a history, I would have it rechecked in 3 months. ...Read more

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Is 25 mmhg within the normal intraocular pressure for an adult?

NO: Typically not, the normal range is usaully between 7-21 mm hg. 25 may be normal for some people though and may not cause a problem, glaucoma. 25 may also be artifically elevated due to a thicker than average cornea (which may affect the measuremant of intraocular pressure), this can be a normal variant (thick cornea). ...Read more

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Is there any way to decrease intraocular pressure using fruits/vegetables?

Is there any way to decrease intraocular pressure using fruits/vegetables?

I don't think so: I am unaware of any significant benefit from diet on intraocular pressure. ...Read more

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So is 9mmhg a normal intraocular pressure of the eye?

So is 9mmhg a normal intraocular pressure of the eye?

Yes: All measurements must be evaluated in terms of the clinical situation. Assuming your eye exam is otherwise normal, this is a normal pressure. ...Read more

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High eye pressure (intraocular pressure), what to do?

High eye pressure (intraocular pressure), what to do?

Follow MD advice: I am assuming that you were evaluated by an ophthalmologist (not an optometrist) and elevation of the pressure was noted. You will then be advised of eyedrops and other measures to lower the pressure to the normal range. Mostly these measures are quite effective. ...Read more

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What are the symptoms of iop (intraocular pressure) in the eye?

Often none: With slow pressure rises from open-angle glaucoma there are really no symptoms only late vision loss. With acute closed-angle glaucoma there is pain and pressure with a red eye. Often patients notice "steamy vision" with rings around lights from corneal swelling from the high pressure - this is an emergency. ...Read more

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Could you feel intraocular pressure?

Could you feel intraocular pressure?

Generally no: The normal eye pressure range is 10-21. Anything above this might be elevated but you will not feel that elevation until the value reaches the high 40's or above. This is why pressure should always be taken when you visit your ophthalmologist as the feeling of pressure is not a clue for the patient. ...Read more

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How is intraocular pressure measured?

How is intraocular pressure measured?

Many ways: The two most common methods are pneumatic tonometry (the puff of air method) and applanation tonometry (more accurate but requires eye drops). ...Read more

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How do I know if I have intraocular pressure high enough to worry about?

How do I know if I have intraocular pressure high enough to worry about?

Glaucoma is uncommon: Your eye pressure is usually normal.
Elevated pressures that are too high for too long can hurt the delicate eye tissue.
The nerve can die and the vision can be lost.

You can have the pressure measured easily at the eye doctors office.
The test is simple and no pain
Keep us posted ...Read more

Dr. Alan Mease
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Crying (Definition)

Crying = release of tears ...Read more