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Recently diagnosed with glaucoma. No peripheral vision loss. 30% optic nerve damage. With treatment will nerve damage cause loss of vision?

Recently diagnosed with glaucoma. No peripheral vision loss. 30% optic nerve damage. With treatment will nerve damage cause loss of vision?

Probably not: Glaucoma is readily treated with anti-pressure medication which should prevent any further damage in almost all cases. This is handled by ophthalmologists (you are not seeing an optometrist i hope?) who deal with this daily. There is a step ladder of treatments -- medication, laser, surgery to prevent further damage which can be quite effective. ...Read more

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Peripheral Vision (Definition)

When you look at someone's face, you can still see their hand, even though you are not looking directly at it. When you are walking through a doorway, you are not looking at the sides, or looking directly at the threshold, but you see it through your peripheral vision. Anything outside of your direct focus spot, is considered peripheral. Which can be measured ...Read more


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What is the progression for vision loss with glaucoma?

What is the progression for vision loss with glaucoma?

Peripheral vision: Typically glaucoma patients lose peripheral vision first and then if the glaucoma progresses central vision can be lost. Rarely some central loss can occur early on in the disease process. ...Read more

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Early stage glaucoma & moderate stage epiretinal membrane same eye not affecting vision much now. W/both diseases potential for central vision loss & peripheral vision loss causes anxiety. Prognosis?

Early stage glaucoma & moderate stage epiretinal membrane same eye not affecting vision much now. W/both diseases potential for central vision loss & peripheral vision loss causes anxiety. Prognosis?

The risk is very low: An epiretinal membrane is a common finding in 60 y/o female and typically remain visually insignificant. If it becomes visually significant, surgical treatment is very successful. Mild glaucoma is very treatable, and with appropriate followup and treatment, peripheral vision loss can be prevented. Central loss is extremely rare. ...Read more

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Are there treatments for vision impairment and blindness?

Are there treatments for vision impairment and blindness?

Of course: Many treatments including the provision of lenses, topical and systemic medications, laser treatment and a variety of surgical options can help many with lowered vision and even some that are apparently blind. Check with you ophthalmologist to see which of these is present if you are the patient. ...Read more

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Glaucoma with 30% optic nerve damage. No peripheral vision loss. For patient to notice peripheral vision loss, how much nerve damage must there be?

Glaucoma with 30% optic nerve damage. No peripheral vision loss.  For patient to notice peripheral vision loss, how much nerve damage must there be?

Variable: This depends upon the sensitivity of the nerves under the stress of the elevated pressure in the eye. Some will loss measurable amounts of vision at 30% damage, others require more loss to detect it. There is good adaptation so it takes a sensitive person to best detect loss. Best to get treatment and avoid any loss at all. ...Read more

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I'm 58 recently diagnosed w/glaucoma & beginnings of peripheral vision loss. Please explain what aggressive treatment would mean for me?

I'm 58 recently diagnosed w/glaucoma & beginnings of peripheral vision loss. Please explain what aggressive treatment would mean for me?

Treatment: Of glaucoma is individualized. For each, a target pressure is set depending on the untreated pressure (usually 30% lower). Then the ophthalmologist adds treatment until this is reached. More aggressive treatment means setting a lower goal and closer follow up. ...Read more

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Is there a treatment for visual macular degeneration?

Depends: There is good relief from modern injectable medications for the wet form of macular degeneration (MD). The dry form of MD can be slowed in its progression with a multivitamin supplement (AREDS). There is no cure yet for this disease but it is a major area of research/ ...Read more

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Is there any treatment available for iih with both eyes optic atrophy?

Is there any treatment available for iih with both eyes optic atrophy?

No: Best to see a neuro-ophthalmologist for the latest clinical trials looking for experimental treatments and to give you the best opninion about this. ...Read more

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58-year old recently diagnosed w/glaucoma, 30% nerve damage & some peripheral vision loss. What is long term prognosis? Can surgery be avoided?

58-year old recently diagnosed w/glaucoma, 30% nerve damage & some peripheral vision loss. What is long term prognosis? Can surgery be avoided?

Good & usually: Acceptable iop control with careful monitoring and testing is quite successful in preventing functional vision loss in 85% or more of patients. I think it is also reassuring that if medical treatment fails to stabilize your glaucoma, that there are excellent procedures that can have great outcomes. Laser treatment would likely be first on the list with incisional surgery later. Surg. Gen not req. ...Read more

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Is there any treatment advances for cortical blindness due to seizures?

Is there any treatment advances for cortical blindness due to seizures?

Need clarity: Am not clear as to whether you have permanent cortical blindness, or episodic associated with seizure activity. If the former, this could represent permanency, but if paroxysmal, better seizure control is very probable, especially with newer medications, and potentially, a Vagal Nerve Stimulator unit. ...Read more

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Is there any cure or treatment for optic nerve atrophy?

Is there any cure or treatment for optic nerve atrophy?

Arrest inflammation: It is not possible to cure optic atrophy. When due to multiple sclerosis, there are a variety of anti-inflammatory steroids and peptides that are used to arrest the inflammation. ...Read more

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How effective is eye surgery for treating macular degeneration?

How effective is eye surgery for treating macular degeneration?

Not useful: Macular degeneration is a condition, mostly in the elderly, in which the central circulation gradually fails and vision is lost. No surgery known can reverse this process. There are supplements which can be useful and in certain types of macular degeneration, injections may also be useful. ...Read more

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If mother is resistant to eye drops and laser treatment for glaucoma, what is prognosis for daughter with glaucoma in stopping vision loss?

If mother is resistant to eye drops and laser treatment for glaucoma, what is prognosis for daughter with glaucoma in stopping vision loss?

Probably good: If caught early and carefully followed she should do well. We have medications, laser as well as surgical options. For older patients often the disease was well advanced prior to the diagnosis being made, making treatment more problematic. ...Read more

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Ophthalmology: There is no treatment for dry macular degeneration and the person will go totally blind, right?

Ophthalmology:
There is no treatment for dry macular degeneration and the person will go totally blind, right?

AREDS 2 Supplements: The rate of dry macular degeneration can be slowed by cessation of smoking, controlling your blood pressure, and taking vitamin supplements. The vitamin formula that has been study is called AREDS2 and regular usage slows the rate of degeneration by about 1/3. The AREDS 2 stands for age related eye disease study 2 and was performed by the national eye institute. The vitamins are widely available. ...Read more

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Is there any treatment, therapy or cure for charles bonnet syndrome following macular degeneration?

Is there any treatment, therapy or cure for charles bonnet syndrome following macular degeneration?

Yes: Cbs occurs with chronic severe bilateral vision loss and results in formed and unformed visual hallucinations. Severe bilateral amd is a common cause. The first step in therapy is inquiring whether at risk patients are having this experience. If so, reassurance goes a long way. Medical therapy may also reduce the intensity of the visual hallucinations. ...Read more

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Peripheral Vision Worsening (Definition)

Peripheral vision deterioration is a symptom in which a person looking straight ahead, cannot see the areas to his left, his right, the top, or to the bottom. He only has vision in the central part of his "visual field". Peripheral vision deterioration can create a ...Read more


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Vision (Definition)

Vision is a feature of a person's brain that allows him to see. He must have normal eyes, optic nerves (that stretch from the eyes to the back of his brain), and visual cortex (the vision center in the brain), in order to see properly. An ophthalmologist is a ...Read more