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Premature (Definition)

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Is early puberty associated with early menopause?

Is early puberty associated with early menopause?

Not necessarily: Early puberty signals the onset of sexual organ maturation sooner than the average age. While this can occur, it does not necessarily mean that menopause will occur sooner. The number of reproductive years reported is an average, as every woman is different. ...Read more

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Is there a positive correlation between color blindness and early onset cataracts?

Is there a positive correlation between color blindness and early onset cataracts?

Unrelated: Color deficiency is usually a genetic issue with the light receptors at the back of the eye. There is no higher incidence of cataracts in the color deficient then in the color normal. Cataracts sometimes have internal coloration which can distort the viewed spectrum somewhat as a filter effect rather tha n color deficiency. ...Read more

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30% nerve damage.Dr says i'm in late early stage into beginning of moderate stage. Was glaucoma caught early enough to prevent vision loss long-term?

30% nerve damage.Dr says i'm in late early stage into beginning of moderate stage.  Was glaucoma caught early enough to prevent vision loss long-term?

Possibly: If you have already lost vision from glaucoma, it can not be reversed. The goal now is to prevent any further loss by getting exams a few times a year looking at your optic nerve and comparing to your prior photos, measuring how thick your nerve is, and testing your peripheral vision. ...Read more

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Early signs of altzheimer?

Early signs of altzheimer?

Mostly memory loss: Alzheimer's dementia starts earlier than previously thought with declining intellectual capacity and memory. Mild at first it's excused as "absent minded, you're just tired, it's my adhd". The one affected is often in denial of the loss. Eventually newer memory fades & new memory isn't formed. Cognition declines, paranoia & delusions may occur & motor skills(even swallowing) & self care deteriorate. ...Read more

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Symptoms of pregrenancy at early stage?

Symptoms of pregrenancy at early stage?

Missed period: Early pregnancy is symptom free until the fetus is big enough to have blood cells and chemicals to share with the mother's body. That is about fourteen days after conception. Thus the missed period is the first valid early pregnancy symptom. ...Read more

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Field vision test normal. 30% optic nerve damage. Is glaucoma in early stage?

Field vision test normal. 30% optic nerve damage. Is glaucoma in early stage?

Yes: Need more information. Who and how did they claim or detect 30% optic nerve damage? If field is normal, that is a good sign( how did they test this or make that claim?). You need to see an ophthalmologist. ...Read more

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Is the onset of early adult schizophrenia sudden or gradual?

Is the onset of early adult schizophrenia sudden or gradual?

Either: Schizophrenia can present for some individuals abruptly while others it is a more gradual onset. Usually it is more of a gradual onset. ...Read more

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Is there a possibility eye floaters can be genetic, especially at early age onset?

Is there a possibility eye floaters can be genetic, especially at early age onset?

Genetic: Influences play a role in the development of the axial length of your eye. This in turn can predispose one to vitreous detachment and subsequent vitreous floaters. The longer your axial length, the higher the frequency. ...Read more

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Is early tooth loss related to early puberty?

Is early tooth loss related to early puberty?

No: Tooth loos is usually associated with periodontal disease, which takes many years to manefest itself, and for the most part can be treated. ...Read more

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Blurred vision, early sign of pregnancy?

Blurred vision, early sign of pregnancy?

Possibly: Pregnancy alters the fluid balance in the body which includes the cornea (the window at the front of the eye) which can swell a little in early pregnancy and change the eye power causing some degree of minor blur. It is not a reliable or diagnostic test for pregnancy so rely on other types of testing to determine pregnancy. ...Read more

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Are there any signs of vision impairment with early age related macular degeneration?

Are there any signs of vision impairment with early age related macular degeneration?

Depends: Most people experience distortion in the central vision as an early sign of age-related macular degeneration. There is a self-screening tool called an amsler grid that is often recommended for people with risk factors for the disease. It can help to detect early distortion. Decreased central vision with difficulty to read, recognize faces, watch tv, and drive often happen as the disease progresses. ...Read more

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Will early puberty lead to early baldness?

Will early puberty lead to early baldness?

No: No, early puberty has no bearing on future hair loos potential. Genetics plays a big role, look at family members for guide to what kind of hair loss you might expect as you get older. ...Read more

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Very early stages of macular degeneration. How can it be detected?

Very early stages of macular degeneration. How can it be detected?

Examination: Macular degeneration is mostly an age related deficiency in the circulation to the center of the back of the eye where the sharpest vision is detected. Early stages will cause some central blur uncorrectable with eyeglasses. Your ophthalmologist can notice changes on retinal examination. If you are having problems get an ophthalmologic examination. ...Read more

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What is the age range for early onset schizophrenia?

What is the age range for early onset schizophrenia?

Schizophrenia onset: Schizophrenia, which is a brain disease and affects around one percent of the population, usually begins in one's late teens or early 20s. Early onset schizophrenia is quite rare. A great resource is to check out the work of dr. Judith rapaport from the national institute of mental health. Here she is on youtube: http://www.Youtube.Com/watch?V=kwluvic4x6m. ...Read more

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Recently diagnosed w/Early stage Fuchs Dystrophy. high densitometry reading & guttate. Past 2yrs glare&hazyvision. Cataracts not the cause. Fuchs?

Recently diagnosed w/Early stage Fuchs Dystrophy. high densitometry reading & guttate. Past 2yrs glare&hazyvision. Cataracts not the cause. Fuchs?

Fuch's dystrophy: Your symptoms of glare &hazy vision is consistent with Fuchs Dystrophy. Also, cataracts can contribute to these symptoms as well. ...Read more

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Early stage glaucoma & moderate stage epiretinal membrane same eye not affecting vision much now. W/both diseases potential for central vision loss & peripheral vision loss causes anxiety. Prognosis?

Early stage glaucoma & moderate stage epiretinal membrane same eye not affecting vision much now. W/both diseases potential for central vision loss & peripheral vision loss causes anxiety. Prognosis?

The risk is very low: An epiretinal membrane is a common finding in 60 y/o female and typically remain visually insignificant. If it becomes visually significant, surgical treatment is very successful. Mild glaucoma is very treatable, and with appropriate followup and treatment, peripheral vision loss can be prevented. Central loss is extremely rare. ...Read more

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Is early onset Parkinson's disease ever misdiagnosed? Please advise!

Is early onset Parkinson's disease ever misdiagnosed? Please advise!

Not uncommon: Early Parkinsonian signs may be somewhat non-specific, such as foot dystonia, or nonspecific gait imbalance. The cardinal features of tremor, rigidity, cog wheeling, and characteristic gait may develop later. Sometimes, the initial tremor at rest may be mislabeled. ...Read more

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What are the tests for detecting early onset glaucoma?Does retinal examination help?Iot:18 both eyes.Feel contrast loss at night.Doc said lent opacity

What are the tests for detecting early onset glaucoma?Does retinal examination help?Iot:18 both eyes.Feel contrast loss at night.Doc said lent opacity

Testing: Glaucoma is not the most common cause of loss of contrast at night. Visual field or oct testing can be done to detect early glaucoma, but with normal pressures such as yours and a normal exam, i would not expect them to show glaucoma. Those tests are usually done in patients that show physical signs of possible glaucoma such as elevated pressures or cupping of the optic nerve. ...Read more

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How do you define early glaucoma?

How do you define early glaucoma?

Extent of damage: Glaucoma is a disease where the optic nerve is damaged. Early glaucoma would indicate that the optic nerve has sustained minimal damage. ...Read more

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If I have an early glaucoma, does this affect my vision by time?

If I have an early glaucoma, does this affect my vision by time?

Possibly: Glaucoma can be vision threatening if poorly treated or undetected. The goal of therapy is to get the internal pressure into a safe range so that the vision is not affected. In most cases the vision will be preserved. It is a bit of a difficult motivation task as the use of eyedrops for glaucoma does not produce an immediate benefit (like a pain reliever would) so treatment is for the long term. ...Read more

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What are the necessary steps taken for the early stages of glaucoma?

Early glaucoma: In early stage glaucoma, baseline testing is done with visual field and sometimes nerve fiber layer scanning. The cup to disc ratio of the optic nerve is noted. Treatment by SLT laser or eye drops attempts to lower the eye pressure about 25%. Patients are checked 3 to 4 times per year. Each year, the testing is repeated. If worse, then treatment must be more aggressive.If not worse, you are OK. ...Read more

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What are the early signs of glaucoma?

What are the early signs of glaucoma?

Several: Early glaucoma has no symptoms. Signs are what the doctor detects and include in this condition: elevated eye pressure, thin corneas, enlarged discs and changes in the field of vision. ...Read more

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I was wondering what are early signs of glaucoma?

I was wondering what are early signs of glaucoma?

Usually none: "The (silent) thief of sight" is aptly applied to the most common form of glaucoma called open angle. There is no early warning sign or pain to give you concern. A family history of the disease, as well as high intraocular pressure, African or Hispanic ethnicity, steroid use, eye injury, thin cornea, high myopia, hypertension are important risk factors. A dilated exam is essential for diagnosis. ...Read more

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In early glaucoma if there is no loss of visual function, can that mean that any loss in vision is not noticed by the patient in daily activities?

In early glaucoma if there is no loss of visual function, can that mean  that any loss in vision is not noticed by the patient in daily activities?

Gradual adjustment: Open angle glaucoma is a wasting disease of the optic nerves, usually associated with elevated intraocular pressure. The earliest changes of glaucomatous optic neuropathy include altered color vision and reduced contrast sensitivity, which may not interfere with your activities of daily living in the same way visual field loss and visual acuity loss do. Reduce your eye pressure with medication. ...Read more

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Glaucoma caught early mild stage & pressure lower 28 to 12 but after 24 mos.progressed at higher than average rate, now moderate. Why if caught early?

Glaucoma caught early mild stage & pressure  lower 28 to 12 but after 24 mos.progressed at higher than average rate, now moderate. Why if caught early?

Glaucoma: progression can be due to multiple factors: previous nerve damage still affected by better eye pressures (but may still need to be lower), genetics, external risks (is poor nutrition, smoking, etc). Frequent HRT, HVF help determine if true progression or false positive. ...Read more

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How can I prevent and detect early glaucoma?

No prevention: Is known for glaucoma. If you are concerned about glaucoma, then see an ophthalmologist (eye md) annually for a complete examination. We can detect glaucoma before any vision is lost. ...Read more

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In early glaucoma what would be considered minimal damage to the optic nerve?

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Glaucoma: Early glaucoma often has no visual symptoms and may only show up on a visual field or oct test. This stage is the most treatable, usually with eyedrop medication. ...Read more

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Very early stage of glaucoma. Pressure lowered from 31 to 16 w/drop. Can i stop drop & do slt instead?

An option: Standard treatment in the usa is to start with anti-glaucoma medications to control the pressure and to use them as long as they are effective. Slt usually has the effect of one medication and might give the effect you have had. It tends to be somewhat limited in time but can be repeated. Discuss with your treating ophthalmologist to see what option is best for you. ...Read more

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2 mos. ago 3rd opinion glaucoma specialist said glaucoma early stage w/minimal field loss. Now I may notice loss driving. Could it happen that fast?

Possible causes: Blurriness from Cataracts progress faster than glaucoma does. Your eye specialist can tell you the difference...Each is easily treated...Keep us posted... Dr.Sibley ...Read more

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I'm on tranquilizers & counseling to help cope with diagnosis of glaucoma caught fairly early, but i'm only 58. Anything else i can do to help cope?

I'm on tranquilizers & counseling to help cope with diagnosis of glaucoma caught fairly early, but i'm only 58. Anything  else i can do to help cope?

Depression/anxiety : I surely sense your visual concerns with your diagnosis. To answer your other question, i advise contacting your hospital, eye clinic for local glaucoma support groups. Also, yahoo.Com, facebook, glaucoma service foundation to prevent blindness, ; glaucoma research foundation have resources or discussion groups for individuals living with glaucoma. These may help you to better adapt and comfort u. ...Read more

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What are some early signs of narrow angle glaucoma?

Pain, blur: Intermittent or early angle closure may have no symptoms, or may manifest with pain, aching over the brow, blurred vision, seeing haloes around lights. Other things can also cause these symptoms, but if you are having them, they warrant evaluation with a complete exam. ...Read more

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My doctor says I have very early signs of glaucoma. What should I do?

Follow-up: The good news is that if you've been recently diagnosed with early glaucoma that is the best time to be diagnosed. The earlier the diagnosis, the easier it is to treat. The best thing that you can do is follow your doctor's recommendations on the treatment method and continue to follow up as appropriate determined by your doctor. Communicate with your doctor at anytime if there's a problem. ...Read more

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What do you suggest if my doctor says I have very early signs of glaucoma?

What do you suggest if my doctor says I have very early signs of glaucoma?

Follow-up: The good news is that if you've been recently diagnosed with early glaucoma that is the best time to be diagnosed. The earlier the diagnosis, the easier it is to treat. The best thing that you can do is follow your doctor's recommendations on the treatment method and continue to follow up as appropriate determined by your doctor. Communicate with your doctor at anytime if there's a problem. ...Read more

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If you're being treated for glaucoma by ophthalmologist for glaucoma would early cataracts be seen during glaucoma examinations?

Yes: Glaucoma examinations include a detailed dilated examination of both the anterior and posterior segments of the eye. Cataracts are clouding of the human lens which is located in the anterior segment of the eye and is easily seen with a dilated exam. The impact on vision is determined by history and determining the visual acuity after refraction. ...Read more

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Early stage open angle glaucoma, on average how long does drop stabilize the disease before 2nd drop needed to control the pressure?

Early stage open angle glaucoma, on average  how long does drop stabilize the disease before 2nd drop needed to control the pressure?

Time is of essence: This is a great question with a variety of meaningful responses. Clinicians may vary a bit on target iop range but the real goal is to preserve visual function as best as possible. An iop target range is initially set to be about 25-30% lower than presentation iop, a pressure that was causing optic nerve damage. Visual fields, oct, iop, and optic nerve exams aid in deciding on another med. ...Read more

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Besides carrots, what foods are good for vision and warding off glaucoma? Have a family history of glaucoma and already seeing early signs.

Besides carrots, what foods are good for vision and warding off glaucoma? Have a family history of glaucoma and already seeing early signs.

Carrots: A balanced diet is good for your eyes. Severe vitamin deficiencies can cause problems, but these are rarely seen in the U.S. outside of malnutrition situations. I'm sorry, there are no foods to eat that will prevent glaucoma. Please see your eye MD for proper evaluation and testing. Early detection is helpful. ...Read more

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Glaucoma (Definition)

A condition of increased pressure in the eyes that leads ...Read more