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How important is it to be tested for glaucoma if it runs in the family?

How important is it to be tested for glaucoma if it runs in the family?

Once a year, or more: Family history is just one of several risk factors for glaucoma. Nearly all other risk factors can be detected only by a thorough eye exam (corrected entry). ...Read more

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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


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There is a family history of glaucoma and macular degeneration, how likely will it be that i will get that?

There is a family history of glaucoma and macular degeneration, how likely will it be that i will get that?

Depends: Family history (genetics) is a risk factor for both. We can not gauge your risk genetically yet. You should see your eye doctor on a regular basis (yearly) to surveil against these and other eye diseases. ...Read more

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Besides carrots, what foods are good for vision and warding off glaucoma? Have a family history of glaucoma and already seeing early signs.

Besides carrots, what foods are good for vision and warding off glaucoma? Have a family history of glaucoma and already seeing early signs.

Carrots: A balanced diet is good for your eyes. Severe vitamin deficiencies can cause problems, but these are rarely seen in the U.S. outside of malnutrition situations. I'm sorry, there are no foods to eat that will prevent glaucoma. Please see your eye MD for proper evaluation and testing. Early detection is helpful. ...Read more

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Bloodshot eye everyday, red/sore eye as soon as I wake up in the morning. Glaucoma or just dry eye? 20 yo asian male; no family history of glaucoma.

Bloodshot eye everyday, red/sore eye as soon as I wake up in the morning. Glaucoma or just dry eye? 20 yo asian male; no family history of glaucoma.

Red eye: Not enough information, is there tearing, eye pain, blurry vision, any other symptoms such as fever, sore throat, swollen glands, cracked red lips, any allergy symptoms, cough, how long you had it ? You need to see your 1ry care physician & ophthalmologist. Feel better. Good luck. ...Read more

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If degenerative disk runs in the family, should I get tested for it?

If degenerative disk runs in the family, should I get tested for it?

Degenerative disk: Degenerative disk disease runs in everyone's family. Findings on MRI do not correlate with pain--lots of people with pain have clean MRI and lots of people with bad MRI are pain free. The only thing an MRI does is tell you if you have an abcess or a tumor. Don't waste your time, money and exposure to radiation. Protect yourself by maintaining a healthy weight and exercise. ...Read more

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How quickly should I start getting tested for cancer if it runs in the family?

How quickly should I start getting tested for cancer if it runs in the family?

Depends: Depends a lot on the kinds of cancer and how rich in cancer your family history truly is. Talk to your doc and ask him/her if you can be seen by a specialist on cancer risk assessment and genetic testing. ...Read more

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Im 99% sure that im bipolar.Ive never been tested for it but it runs in the family.I want to get tested but have heard of the meds and what they do?

There's no test: The diagnosis is based upon your history of symptoms. It does tend to run in families but there's a lot more too it. All those horror stories you've heard about meds are overplayed. You should sit down with a psychiatrist for 45-60 minutes and go through both your history and your concerns about the medications. ...Read more