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Dr. Robert Chang
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Glaucoma (Overview)

Glaucoma refers to a group of eye conditions that lead to damage to the optic nerve, the nerve that carries visual information from the eye to the brain. In many cases, damage to the optic nerve is due to increased pressure in the eye, also known as intraocular pressure (IOP).


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How does glaucoma cause eye floaters?

How does glaucoma cause eye floaters?

It does not cause it: Just like within the body there are many parts, although one organ, the eye is very similar with many parts as well. Where floaters occur in the eye is separate from the area where the effects of glaucoma occur, which is the optic nerve. Floaters are typically black spots that appear real like gnats in front of you. Vision loss from glaucoma is like dark patches in vision that don't go away. ...Read more

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Dr. Robert Chang
1,018 doctors shared insights

Glaucoma (Overview)

Glaucoma refers to a group of eye conditions that lead to damage to the optic nerve, the nerve that carries visual information from the eye to the brain. In many cases, damage to the optic nerve is due to increased pressure in the eye, also known as intraocular pressure (IOP).


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Is having poor night vision a symptom of glaucoma?

Is having poor night vision a symptom of glaucoma?

Possible: Not a typical presenting symptom but at more advanced stages, especially if both eyes affected, contrast sensitivity will be decreased. ...Read more

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Managing Glaucoma (Tip)

Managing Glaucoma

If you have glaucoma, your family members are at higher risk. Show love! Tell them to go get tested! ...See more

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Managing Glaucoma (Checklist)

If stable, then reduce visits
Once
Use eye drops
Once
Take a visual field test.
Yearly
Monitor for any side effects
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What are the symptoms of glaucoma?

What are the symptoms of glaucoma?

Depends: Most glaucoma is asymptomatic until end stage disease when the vision is decreased in both eyes. At that point, contrast, acuity, and peripheral vision are diminished. Thus, screening is key if at risk. A particular type called acute angle closure glaucoma with a sudden rise in eye pressure can have symptoms of red eye, severe eye pain, blurred vision, haloes, headache, nausea, vomiting... ...Read more

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What are the signs of glaucoma?

Signs & symptoms: There are 2 main types of glaucoma: acute closed-angle and chronic open-angle. Acute glaucoma usually affects one eye, presenting with sudden eye pain, blurred vision, halos seen around light, nausea and vomiting, and a non-reactive dilated pupil. Chronic glaucoma usually is asymptomatic, but can present with gradual loss of vision and headache. Both have increased intraocular pressures. ...Read more

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Managing Glaucoma (Tip)

Managing Glaucoma

Always mention a family history of glaucoma or if a family member used eye drops for a long time. ...See 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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Managing Glaucoma (Tip)

Eyes are delicate! Don't rub them ever! ...See more