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Am I going to get glaucoma from diabetes?

Am I going to get glaucoma from diabetes?

Maybe: Large studies published suggest that diabetes and glaucoma are not related. Then a few years later large studies suggest that diabetes and glaucoma are related. Easy thing to do is when you get your diabetes exam, ask your doctor if he sees glaucoma. Glaucoma is damage to the optic nerve. Half of the people with glaucoma have normal eye pressure. Most important risk factor is family history. ...Read more

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Dr. Quang Nguyen
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Diabetes (Definition)

Diabetes is a disease of increased blood glucose levels. Glucose is a type of sugar that comes from the intake of food. Insulin is a type of hormone that removes the glucose from the blood and moves it into the cells to provide them with energy. There are two different types of diabetes: type 1 and type 2. Type 1 diabetes is when the body does not make any insulin. Therefore, glucose stays inside the blood and does not move into the cells. Type 2 diabetes, which is commonly associated with obesity, is when the body is either resistant to the effects of insulin or when the body does not produce enough insulin. Increased levels of glucose in the body causes severe damage to the ...Read more


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Can you tell me the relationship between glaucoma and diabetes?

Can you tell me the relationship between glaucoma and diabetes?

Secondary cause: Diabetes can be a secondary cause of glaucoma (neovascular glaucoma), or it's controversial as a risk factor for primary open angle glaucoma. The interaction is likely complicated as glaucoma can be caused by pressure but possibly other factors such as ocular blood flow. ...Read more

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Diagnosed with cataracts and glaucoma. Since glaucoma and diabetes have similar symptoms, should I be checked for diabetes as a precaution?

Doesn't hurt: Most people with glaucoma do not actually have any symptoms, and the link between diabetes and glaucoma is confusing (linked in some studies and not in others). However diabetes is very common and you are over age 40, so a reasonable thing to check just for general health - see your primary doc for advice on this. ...Read more

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How successful are neuro ophthalmologists in determining the cause of optic nerve damage not caused by glaucoma, MS, diabetes or tumors.

How successful are neuro ophthalmologists in determining the cause of optic nerve damage not caused by glaucoma, MS, diabetes or tumors.

The right doctor: You are going to the correct doctor to diagnose this. But be patient_not all disorders can be diagnosed and many take time and observation and repeat exams ...Read more

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Is glaucoma caused by diabetes?

Is glaucoma caused by diabetes?

Sometimes: Large studies published suggest that diabetes and primary open angle glaucoma (poag) are not related. Then other studies suggest that diabetes and poag are related. Without a doubt neovascular glaucoma and diabetic diabetes are related. Easy thing to do is when you get your diabetes exam. Ask your doctor to examine you for both glaucomas. By the way normal eye pressure does not exclude disease. ...Read more

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Is glaucoma related to diabetes?

Is glaucoma related to diabetes?

Yes: Uncontrolled diabetes can cause neovascular glaucoma, but not in everyone. There may be an association between primary open angle glaucoma and diabetes but there is conflicting evidence. ...Read more

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What connection is there between glaucoma cataracts and diabetes as they have similar symptoms?

What connection is there between glaucoma cataracts and diabetes as they have similar symptoms?

Eye exam needed: All can impact vision. All involve different parts of yhe eye (cataract is change to lens, glaucoma involves changes to the optic nerve, and diabtes can change the retina and blood vessels). A complete eye exam is needed to determine if these are present. ...Read more

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Is the main cause of vision loss in older people glaucoma, diabetes, or macular degeneration?

Is the main cause of vision loss in older people glaucoma, diabetes, or macular degeneration?

Depends on age: There is a different spectrum of vision loss in these conditions depending upon age. Diabetes can alter the vision and will affect younger patients but diabetics tend to die from their disease and fail to reach old age. Glaucoma is common throughout older age but mostly is treatable. Macular degeneration is more common in the very elderly who are healthy enough to reach older ages. ...Read more

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Does taking metformin for diabetes affect my glaucoma?

0.016% risk : There is a study in lancet and 142 reports in approximately 88800 patients. ...Read more

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What do you suggest if my dad is blind due to glaucoma in his eyes because of his diabetes. can any surgeries be done?

Probably not: If your Dad is blind from glaucoma, it means his optic nerve is completely damaged. Unfortunately, there is no operation that can restore the nerve. I'm sorry. ...Read more

Dr. Robert Chang
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Glaucoma (Definition)

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 ...Read more