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Glaucoma And Smoking
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 moreSee 1 more doctor answer
About to have routine eye exam. Should i avoid smoking pot the morning before the exam? Will it hide glaucoma? Dr Zimon please do not answer this Q!
Unlikely effect: Only about 30% of those who smoke pot will have a lowering of eye pressure. At your age, glaucoma is very uncommon. There are other clues to glaucoma aside from eye pressure and if your pressure were to be too high in between the puffs of pot, then these would add information. To be safe, you should avoid the pot but if you must smoke, then it probably will not affect the results. ...Read more
I have glaucoma, anxiety, stress, insomnia and mood disorders... Should i start smoking marijuana?
Hmm no: Talk to your eye doc about tx options. In the long run mj may worsen your anxiety & depression, altho in the short run it may feel like its helping since you stop worrying about your probs. Not dealing with issues rarely helps! mj may decrease rem sleep that is needed for good quality sleep. Who dx'd you w/ anxiety/depression? I think you should consider counseling and avoid self DX and tx! ...Read moreSee 2 more doctor answers
Not ordinarily: The two main types of glaucoma are open angle ; angle closure. The former is painless and progressive, if not stabilized. The latter also tends to be slow and progressive, but usually gradually closes the drainage angle of the eye. If acute angle closure of the angle occurs, considerable pain results and loss of vision ensues, if not urgently treated by medicine and laser or incisional surgery. ...Read moreSee 2 more doctor answers
Eye exam and testing: Usually a glaucoma evaluation is triggered when the optic nerve appears large, the eye pressure is measured high, the peripheral vision is diminished, or the front part of the eye appears narrow. At that point a full glaucoma workup is performed including imaging of the optic nerves and visual fields to confirm progressive damage. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Eye exam: Through a combination of tests including structural (disc photo, optical coherence tomography) and visual function (visual field) that demonstrates progressive damage to the optic nerve over time. Typically, measuring intraocular pressure is involved since it is our main treatable risk factor for worsening disease. ...Read moreSee 2 more doctor answers
Many: Primary causes vs. Secondary causes. Genetic predisposition. Anything that damages the eye so that the level of eye pressure is harmful to the optic nerve and causes loss of retinal ganglion cells. The eye drain could be damaged, ocular perfusion could be affected, etc. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Loss of side vision: Most glaucoma is asymptomatic. Acute angle closure glaucoma is associated with pain, blurred vision, nausea and a red eye. Open angle glaucoma is not symptomatic until late in the progression of the disease. This fact is why routine eye exams are recommended to detect the disease early in its course before irreversible damage to the optic nerve and the vision has occurred . ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Fluid block in eye: The eye has an internal clear fluid circulation 24/7. This is called the aqueous humor. The iris in certain shaped eyes (usually farsighted) can obstruct the outflow and within 1/2 hour the pressure can skyrocket to dangerous levels. This is an emergency, can be stopped with certain drugs and prevented with laser. See your ophthalmologist immediately if you suspect this condition. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer