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What does a borderline oct rnfl classification in an eye exam mean in a non glaucoma patient.

What does a borderline oct rnfl classification in an eye exam mean in a non glaucoma patient.

Probably not much: If you are not a glaucoma patient and are not otherwise suspicious for glaucoma why did you have an oct nerve fiber layer analysis in the first place? Oct nfl testing is a very poor screening tool and will produce way more false positives than real positives in people who are otherwise not a glaucoma patient or glaucoma suspect. Headaches alone are not usually reason for an oct. ...Read more

Dr. Eric Weisman
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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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Will having glaucoma stop me from getting an eye transplant?

Will having glaucoma stop me from getting an eye transplant?

No: There is no such thing as an eye transplant. You are referring to a corneal transplant. Uncontrolled glaucoma can lead to decreased survival of the corneal transplant. Glaucoma should be controlled medically before transplantation or an additional glaucoma surgical procedure should be performed before or at the time of transplantation when medication fails to lower the pressure adequately. ...Read more

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Is it possible to get an eye transplant if you have glaucoma?

Is it possible to get an eye transplant if you have glaucoma?

No eye transplant: There is corneal transplant for corneal diseases, and glaucoma surgery for glaucoma. There are no eye transplants. ...Read more

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I am glaucoma patient I am seeing only one eye that is also 25 present visible?

I am glaucoma patient I am seeing only one eye that is also 25 present visible?

clarify: It seems like you have lost 75% of your vision in one eye — is this correct. Glaucoma is best managed by an M.D. Ophthalmologist — preferably a specialist in glaucoma. This is too complex a disease to be handled by optometrists. Please restate the question if this answer misses the point of your question. ...Read more

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Can eye cataract extraction be done for patient already having glaucoma?

Can eye cataract extraction be done for patient already having glaucoma?

Cataracts & glaucoma: Yes, cataract surgery can be performed in a patient with glaucoma and sometimes results in an improvement in intra ocular pressure. ...Read more

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I'm a glaucoma patient and had a trabeculectomy done. Could i still get eye corrective surgery like lasik?

I'm a glaucoma patient and had a trabeculectomy done. Could i still get eye corrective surgery like lasik?

Theoretically, yes: But having had that type of surgery increases your risk of infection and some other complications and makes you less than an ideal candidate. Nevertheless, it's a good idea to have the eye examined by an experienced lasik surgeon. Your particular situation may be more or less amenable to lasik. ...Read more

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Is it possible for a macular degeneration patient to have an eye transplant?

Is it possible for a macular degeneration patient to have an eye transplant?

No: The optic nerve that connects the eye to the brain cannot regenerate once you cut it so a transplanted eye would be blind. When people donate their eyes the only part usable is the cornea for a patient whose cornea has scarred up or got damaged. ...Read more

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My husband is a kidney transplant patient he woke up with a stye on his eyelid what can we do?

My husband is a kidney transplant patient he woke up with a stye on his eyelid what can we do?

Warm compresses: One of the best initial treatments is to apply hot packs the affected lid. Take a clean washcloth, roll it up and place it in hot water, then squeeze the excess water out and apply to the lid. Hold mild pressure to the cloth to transfer heat into the eyelid. Do this for 5 to 10 minutes, 3 times a day. Keep the cloth hot by resubmerging in hot water. If it doesn't resolve soon, see your dr. ...Read more

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Does oxidation treatment to the eyes work for glaucoma patients?

Does oxidation treatment to the eyes work for glaucoma patients?

Data is not yet in: Anti-oxidants and nitric oxide agents are being investigated for lowering the intra-ocular pressures in glaucoma. Although some studies have been promising, there are others that call the agents into question. Bottom line, definitive research has not been completed as of this date, 2017. ...Read more

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Can caffeinated tea or coffee increase eye pressure in glaucoma patients?

Can caffeinated tea or coffee increase eye pressure in glaucoma patients?

Unlikely: Factors that affect intraocular pressure are varied and multifactorial and not completely understood. Effect of caffiene probably negligible. ...Read more

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What eye pressure do doctors start patients on eye drops to prevent glaucoma?

What eye pressure do doctors start patients on eye drops to prevent glaucoma?

Depends: Every patient needs a risk analysis of the various risk factors. Based on that analysis a target pressure is determined. As a group only about 10% of patients with IOP 24 or greater will develop glaucoma therefore not all patients with elevated need to be treated. I have many patients with elevated pressure that I have followed for decades who have not developed glaucoma. ...Read more

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At which eye pressure do doctors start patients on eye drops to prevent glaucoma?

At which eye pressure do doctors start patients on eye drops to prevent glaucoma?

It depends...: On the individual. If the glaucoma is early, moderate, or severe, then the target eye pressure will be set according to the appearance of the optic nerve, visual field test, and a number of other tests for glaucoma. Typically, though, if the pressure approaches the mid to upper 20s or higher, treatment is usually started. ...Read more

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Does Cannibas Oil help lower eye pressure for glaucoma patients? I have read that it helps and hurts. I am interested in taking it for anxiety.

Does Cannibas Oil help lower eye pressure for glaucoma patients? I have read that it helps and hurts. I am interested in taking it for anxiety.

Most of the info: I was able to discover about cannibas use and glaucoma was anecdotal, but I did find one study in the British Journal of Ophthalmology that supports its use in lowering intraocular pressure. Obviously one never wants to be in the position of using illegal drugs even if they have helpful properties. Discuss with your ophthalmologist. If approved, pursue channels for legal use within your state. ...Read more

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Glaucoma patient headache, what to do?

Glaucoma patient headache, what to do?

Difficult to assess: There are multiple reasons for headaches, one of which can be caused by high eye pressure. Associated symptoms would be blurry vision, red eye, and nausea. But without an exam, it's tough to tell. Get an eye exam to be sure. Good luck. ...Read more

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Ashwagandha is safe for glaucoma patient?

Ashwagandha is safe for glaucoma patient?

Talk to your eye doc: There does not appear to be a problem, depending on other medicines you are taking, which may interact with it. But there have been no good studies about its effects.
See http://lifeatlahey.com/Departments_and_Locations/Departments/Ophthalmology/Ebsco_Content/Glaucoma.aspx?chunkiid=21532
And see http://www.emedicinehealth.com/ashwagandha-page3/vitamins-supplements.htm
Talk to your eye doc first. ...Read more

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Is ashwagandha is safe for glaucoma patient?

Is ashwagandha is safe for glaucoma patient?

Yes: Ashwagandha is a very safe and well-tolerated herb with many benefits that has been used for thousands of years. It has been subject to many research studies. While there is no specific research on it and glaucoma, there is no evidence it is harmful for those with glaucoma and is likely of some benefit. See http://oneearthherbs.squarespace.com/diseases/glaucoma.html
and http://tinyurl.com/nv99a44 ...Read more

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How can smoking weed help glaucoma patients?

How can smoking weed help glaucoma patients?

Not exactly sure: It is actually known that hemp components of marijuana can actually lower eye pressure. However, these products are less effective than medicines prescribed by an eye doctor. The number of significant side effects generated by long-term oral use of marijuana or long-term inhalation of marijuana smoke make marijuana a poor choice in the treatment of glaucoma. ...Read more

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What should I do if eyes are diagnosed as glaucoma?

What should I do if eyes are diagnosed as glaucoma?

Be responsible!: Make sure you have glaucoma, then follow their treatment recommendations and monitor. You can not get back vision lost from glaucoma. The damage is painless and only noticeable in your vision at the later more serious stages of the disease. Be responsible and do not wait or be in denial. If treated, 98% + can be controlled. ...Read more

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What to do if my eyes are diagnosed as having glaucoma?

See a specialist: Figure out if it's progressing at current eye pressure range and lower the pressure if it's worsening. ...Read more

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How often do you have your eyes checked if you have glaucoma?

How often do you have your eyes checked if you have glaucoma?

Glaucoma: Depends on the severity of the glaucoma and how well it is controlled with your current treatment. Standard if the glaucoma is controlled is to be checked every 3-4 months. It may be less frequent if the glaucoma is stable and the current treatment has worked for many years. Possibly more frequent to see if changes in treatment are working. ...Read more

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Please help! What is glaucoma of the eyes and how serious is this?

Please help! What is glaucoma of the eyes and how serious is this?

Optc nerve: Glaucoma is an eye condition that causes loss of peripheral vision from progressive optic nerve damage it is serious and you should be followed with eye exams every 6 months as a minimum. ...Read more

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I am curious if drops for glaucoma makes eyes darker, is there any drops that make your eyes brighter?

I am curious if drops for glaucoma makes eyes darker, is there any drops that make your eyes brighter?

Glaucoma drop fx: One class of glaucoma medications can result in the darkening of the iris and even pigment the skin around the eyes. Unfortunately, there is no drop that will make the eyes "brighter". Using artificial tears for dryness and keeping the eyes moist and healthy will keep them their brightest. ...Read more

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What allergy medicine is safe for glaucoma patients?

What allergy medicine is safe for glaucoma patients?

No risk: If you have been diagnosed with glaucoma, then all the systemic allergy medications will not cause a problem. Any disclaimers relate to the uncommon angle closure glaucoma which your doctor has no doubt ruled out already if you have this diagnosis. ...Read more

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Could glaucoma eyedrops make your eyes red?

Yes, definitely: The most commonly used class of glaucoma eye drops called prostaglandins can cause red eyes. It is most often a cosmetic problem, and many times will clear up after a month of use. You can also develop an allergy to a glaucoma eye drop, also leading to red eyes. Lastly, the preservatives in eye drops, if used over extended periods, can lead to dry eyes, and also, red eyes. See you eye MD. ...Read more

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Is it possible to have glaucoma in one eye only?

Is it possible to have glaucoma in one eye only?

Yes: Glaucoma may occur monocularly or binocularly, depending on the etiology. Most, however, is binocular, although it may be quite asymmetric. ...Read more

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Can you tell me what are the dangers of keeping an eye that is damaged from glaucoma?

Can you tell me what are the dangers of keeping an eye that is damaged from glaucoma?

No danger: There is no danger in "keeping" a poorly seeing eye. If the eye is blind and painful secondary to glaucoma then this needs to be addressed. ...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. Amy Friedman
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Transplantation (Definition)

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