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What can people with high eye pressure, glaucoma take for seasonal allergies?

What can people with high eye pressure, glaucoma take for seasonal allergies?

Warning: Seasonal allergy meds may have a warning about glaucoma. This is relevant to narrow angle glaucoma patients, since it is theoretically possible to induce an angle closure attack if not already treated--check with your eye doctor to see if you are at risk. ...Read more

Dr. John Chiu
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Allergies (Definition)

Allergies occur when your immune system is triggered by envirionmental factors it should ignore--for example, pollen in the air, or dander on a cat or dog--and creates cells to fight against them. An allergic reaction typically causes itching, congestion, or drainage, and ...Read more


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What can people with high eye pressure, glaucoma take for seasonal allergies?

What can people with high eye pressure, glaucoma take for seasonal allergies?

Depends: If your glaucoma is an open angle type of glaucoma, then you can be free to use any medication. However if you have narrow angles, this may be contraindicated. It is best to ask your doctor which kind you have, and if it is narrow, ask if it is okay for you. Sometimes when narrow angle patients have been adequately treated, they can be able to use these meds. Hope this helps! ...Read more

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I have constant pain and pressure around and under my eyes. Is this due to seasonal allergies?

I have constant pain and pressure around and under my eyes. Is this due to seasonal allergies?

Maybe: The paranasal sinuses are located above, beneath, between, and behind the eyes. Pressure or fluid within the sinuses could cause pain, and this could be caused by allergies but also infections and exposure to irritants. However, constant pain around the eyes could represent another condition and should be evaluated by a doctor. ...Read more

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I have eye pain, eye feels like it's bulging. Sinus pressure around my eyes and nose. Have seasonal allergies. What medication is best for infection?

I have eye pain, eye feels like it's bulging. Sinus pressure around my eyes and nose. Have seasonal allergies. What medication is best for infection?

See your doctor: You possibly have sinuitis, a docto's exam is warranted, you might need prescription meds, take care ...Read more

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Could glaucoma eye pressure test be done before eye dilation?

Could glaucoma eye pressure test be done before eye dilation?

Yes: Intraocular pressure should always be measured prior to dilation as it typically increases a little after dilation, especially when monitoring for glaucoma. There are a few conditions where it may be checked after and eye doctors will typically recheck pressures after dilation to ensure accuracy of their technician, but as a rule, this should be documented prior to dilation. ...Read more

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How much red wine should I dring to lower eye pressure caused by glaucoma?

How much red wine should I dring to lower eye pressure caused by glaucoma?

Difficult to say: Alcohol can lower iop by 1 or 2 mmhg. Red wine may have vasoprotective effects (more prominent cardiac when in moderation). No specific study correlating how much red wine to drink to lower eye pressure. ...Read more

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My opthalmologist says my eye pressure is 25, does a blind person have the same risk of glaucoma?

My opthalmologist says my eye pressure is 25, does a blind person have the same risk of glaucoma?

Depends: What is the cause of the blindness and how severe is it. Elevated pressure in a completely blind eye (no light perceptionat all), is generally not administered except a light touch as treatment in glaucoma is to preserve vision. If there is some vision left and the eye is legally blind (not absolute) then treatment is appropriate to preserve the residual vision. ...Read more

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All things equal what determines how long an slt treatment will control eye pressure adequately in glaucoma?

All things equal what determines how long an slt treatment will control eye pressure adequately in glaucoma?

Varies: Depends on amount of iop lowering needed, and amount achieved. It is not uncommon for a retreatment to be needed in 2-4 years. Age of patint and degree of damage also plays a role. ...Read more

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My wife's eye pressure was normal but other parameters were not normal. Doctor told it is glaucoma. What to do? How to live with it?

My wife's eye pressure was normal but other parameters were not normal. Doctor told it is glaucoma. What to do? How to live with it?

Second opinion: The hallmark of glaucoma, especially in a young person, is elevated pressure. There are other risk factors which contribute to the diagnosis but do not make the diagnosis. If the visual field is altered, that can be a clue, but visual field changes can come from other causes. You should seek a second opinion from an ophthalmologist who specializes in diagnosis and treatment of glaucoma. ...Read more

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My eye pressure was 24/24 in both eyes. Doc was scared and did full glaucoma work up. Which came back negative. What could be causing this.?

My eye pressure was 24/24 in both eyes. Doc was scared and did full glaucoma work up. Which came back negative. What could be causing this.?

Eye pressues: There is no particular pressure that can be said that is either normal or abnormal. What is a normal pressure for one person may be too high for another. At the pressure of 20, eye doctors start to think of the possibility of glaucoma. In fact, it is possible to have a pressure lower than 20 and still be too high. The diagnosis of glaucoma is based on many factors and not just pressure. ...Read more

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Although I have not been diagnosed w/glaucoma, my pressure is slightly up. Will using my inversion table, occasionally, increase eye pressure?

Yes, but: Not to worry. The increase in eye pressure will be small and temporary. Do see your eye MD for baseline exam including eye pressure, examination of the optic nerve and its cup to disc ratio, and a visual field test to measure your peripheral vision. Future exams each six months will compare to the baseline exam. Loss of optic nerve tissue or peripheral vision will require treatment. ...Read more

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My glaucoma is stable with good pressure. If I have vitrectomy for macular pucker how likely is it eye pressure will raise & cause damage to nerve?

My glaucoma is stable with good pressure. If I have vitrectomy for macular pucker how likely is it eye pressure will raise & cause damage to nerve?

Damage unlikely: Retinal surgeons are very knowledgeable about the possibility of pressure rise after retinal surgery. They schedule follow up examinations to deal with this if it occurs and prevent damage. If they are comfortable that macular pucker surgery will correct your problem, then you should proceed. ...Read more

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Optometrist tested eye pressure. Left 15 & right 20. Should I have insisted on testing for glaucoma? 5 mos. Later opthomologist diagnosed glaucoma.

Optometrist tested eye pressure. Left 15 & right 20. Should I have insisted on testing for glaucoma? 5 mos. Later opthomologist diagnosed glaucoma.

Glaucoma: An eye pressure of 15 and 20 are still in the normal range. Hopefully your doctor caught your condition early, prior to any visual loss. The good news is that glaucoma medications are very effective at stopping the condition from advancing. ...Read more

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When you change a glaucoma medication because of side effects, how long after you start the new medication should you have the eye pressure checked.

When you change a glaucoma medication because of side effects, how long after you start the new medication should you have the eye pressure checked.

2 weeks: It takes 2 weeks for the old medicine to be completely out of the system and for the new medication to stabelize the pressure. ...Read more

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Does increased eye pressure mean that I have glaucoma?

Maybe: Glaucoma means the pressure in the eye over time has caused damage to the optic nerve. Increased eye pressure is a risk factor for glaucoma but it does not necessarily mean you have it. Examination and evaluation by an eye md can help determine if you have glaucoma or are at risk of glaucoma and if treatment is needed. ...Read more

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Will I develop glaucoma if I have increased eye pressure?

Yes: Possibly so - other factors such as age and actual pressure readings will play a role in your specific risk for developing glaucoma. It would be wise to follow up with an eye specialist and understand your risk and recommendations for risk reduction through intra-ocular pressure control. ...Read more

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What are the causes of high eye pressure, besides glaucoma?

Various: Eye pressure can be falsely elevated (machine error, operator error, corneal scar, etc.), elevated due to thick central corneal thickness, high due to recent eye surgery (i.e. Retained viscoelastic, etc.), etc. However we commonly refer to high eye pressure as having glaucoma, but it's not always true since there are ocular hypertensives with high pressure that never develop glaucoma. ...Read more

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How often should you have eye pressure checked in glaucoma?

How often should you have eye pressure checked in glaucoma?

Per doc schedule: May return right away if iop very high
if start new therapy may check in 1 mo
if stable, may check every 3-4 mo
if suspect, may check every 6-12 mo. ...Read more

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What are the causes of high eye pressure other than glaucoma?

Many things: Glaucoma is caused by high intraocular pressure. Some people can have high pressures (ocular hypertension) and not have developed glaucoma yet. Many things can increase intraocular pressure including impaired "drainage channels", neovascularization, inflammation, and impaired venous outflow. In order to determine the cause, a complete eye exam with an ophthalmologist would be required. ...Read more

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I'd like to know the minimum and maximum eye pressure. At what pressure is glaucoma indicated?

I'd like to know the minimum and maximum eye pressure. At what pressure is glaucoma indicated?

0-70: Minimum 0 mmhg when the eye is completely collapsed and too much fluid is exiting the eye for the amount made.
Maximum somewhere around 70 mmhg since eventually the eye can't make any more fluid (ischemic ciliary body). With repeated injections, you may be able to make the eye pressure higher. Glaucoma is when the pressure causes retinal ganglion cell loss (a different number for everyone). ...Read more

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If my eye pressure has come out to be 24, is it for sure that I have glaucoma. If yes, then how can it be treated.?

If my eye pressure has come out to be 24, is it for sure that I have glaucoma. If yes, then how can it be treated.?

Not definitive: Glaucoma is a condition in which the eye pressure exceeds the ability of the circulation in the back of the eye to withstand it. A pressure of 24 is normal for some. If you have no field loss, thick corneas and healthy looking discs, then you probably have nothing to worry about. Get a second opinion with an ophthalmologist to see what your status is. ...Read more

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I heard that target eye pressure for most glaucoma patients should be 14 - 15. Is that true?

I heard that target eye pressure for most glaucoma patients should be 14 - 15. Is that true?

Some variation: Normal eye pressure range is 10-21. Glaucoma is when eye pressure exceeds eye resistance to that pressure and varies with the individual case. 14-15 is generally a good target for most cases but some require a lower pressure and some can tolerate higher pressures. Your optimum can be decided with the help of your ophthalmologist. ...Read more

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In glaucoma what factors does an opthomologist use in determining a threshold eye pressure number?

In glaucoma what factors does an opthomologist use in determining a threshold eye pressure number?

Threshoold pressure: Threshold pressures are based on:

appearance of optic nerve
age of patient
family history of glaucoma
race
corneal thickness
visual field exams
oct or hrt findings
progression
current pressure
response to drops
other medical problems. ...Read more

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Should glaucoma eye pressure test be done before your eyes are dilated?

Usually: Before dilation, most eye doctors will evaluate the front part of your eye to see if you are at risk for angle closure, and check your eye pressure at that point. There are times, though, when we recheck pressure following dilation to see if it changes, and in a low risk patient (e.g. Not at risk for angle closure), it is not unreasonable to check after dilation. ...Read more

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Eye pressure in glaucoma has dropped 50% using 1 drop travatan. Would slt produce same result?

Possible: Higher number you start with, the followup reading tends to be lower. Best to attempt comparison with slt in eye before a prostaglandin has been tried. ...Read more

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Corneal thickness is 510+ 2. In glaucoma does that mean you add 2 points to my eye pressure reading of 15?

No: The more important way to judge the pressure in the eye is whether or not there is any evidence of damage from pressure on the optic nerve head. The corneal thickness is a separate measurement the shows whether there is or is not an increased risk of developing glaucoma. Your measurement of 510 means that you do have an increase risk to developing glaucoma. ...Read more

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Is one optic nerve being bigger than the other a sign of glaucoma? Is eye pressure 20 & 17 a sign of glaucoma?

Is one optic nerve being bigger than the other a sign of glaucoma? Is eye pressure 20 & 17 a sign of glaucoma?

Its a risk factor: Asymmetry of the optic nerve between eyes is one known red flag for potential glaucoma. Also a slightly elevated eye pressure in the eye with more "cupping" can be another risk factor. It will be best to have each eye evaluated in an exam with a visual field test and possibly photos of the nerve to evaluate how healthy it is. It made need treatment or just close observation. Good luck! ...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


Dr. Sandra Lora Cremers
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Eye Pain (Definition)

Depends on further explanation by history and findings on evaluation and examination. An ophthalmologist can resolve this issue ...Read more