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When you have juvenile glaucoma, how long does it take for you to go blind?

When you have juvenile glaucoma, how long does it take for you to go blind?

Not easy to tell: Juvnile glaucoma is form that occurs in young people. Hopefully it is diagnosed and treated promptly. There is no set period of time for vision loss to occur. It depends on how severe is the degree of glaucoma and how high is the pressure. Young eyes are remarkably durable and can recover some vision even after a long period of increased pressure if treated. ...Read more

Dr. Robert Chang
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Glaucoma (Definition)

A condition that causes damage to your eye's optic nerve and gets worse over time. It's often linked to a buildup of pressure inside your eye. Without treatment, glaucoma can cause total permanent blindness ...Read more


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How long can someone with glaucoma last without going blind?

How long can someone with glaucoma last without going blind?

Depends: It's based upon how much nerve damage has already occurred and the rate of ganglion cell loss. The earlier the intervention, the more likely the chance to preserve vision. It also matters how likely therapy can slow down the progression of disease in someone's expected lifetime vs. Losing sight from a complication of therapy or just age-related loss. ...Read more

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How long would someone with glaucoma last without going blind?

How long would someone with glaucoma last without going blind?

Variable: Some glaucomas are very slow to progress and others move rapidly. It depends upon how high the pressure is, how strong the resistance of the circulation at the back of the eye, and of course whether the problem is recognized and treated properly. Most with glaucoma do not go blind. ...Read more

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How long does someone with glaucoma go before blindness?

How long does someone with glaucoma go before blindness?

It depends: When properly treated, they usually don't go blind. Acute forms of glaucoma can cause severe vision loss over a few days to weeks. More chronic forms (most common) cause slow loss of peripheral vision and later central vision over years to decades. ...Read more

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Can modafinil or Depakote cause glaucoma? I am diagnosed and 29 years old. If I take my treatment eye drops am I sure I will not go blind?

Can modafinil or Depakote cause glaucoma? I am diagnosed and 29 years old. If I take my treatment eye drops am I sure I will not go blind?

No: Neither drug causes glaucoma. It sounds like you've been diagnosed with glaucama. Neither drug you mentioned caused it. There are psychiatric drugs that can aggravate certain types of glaucoma. You need to discuss this with your ophthalmologist as he knows more about your glaucoma that we can deal with here. ...Read more

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Can glaucoma make me go blind?

Can glaucoma make me go blind?

It's possible: Glaucoma is a very serious eye condition that can lead to blindness in it's late stages. It's known as the sneak thief of sight because it typically does not have symptoms in the early stages. The best way to prevent blindness is to keep up with eye examinations and to follow the doctor's recommendations for treatment. If ever in doubt seek a second opinion. ...Read more

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Can glaucoma make me go blind if I leave it untreated?

Can glaucoma make me go blind if I leave it untreated?

Yes: The natural progression of glaucoma when left untreated is irreversible blindness. The rate at which this will happen depends on multiple factors. It can be very disheartening as a doctor to see patients who present with such severe loss of vision because they didn't take their glaucoma seriously. I wish you all the best. ...Read more

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What can I do if my girlfriend is 18 and has glaucoma. Will she inevitibly go blind?

What can I do if my girlfriend is 18 and has glaucoma. Will she inevitibly go blind?

Probably not: Most forms of glaucoma can be treated but it takes active cooperation between the glaucoma doctor and the patient. A few, but rare, progress despite the best of care. Most likely your girlfriend will do well. ...Read more

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Hi docs, would glaucoma make me go blind?

Potentially blinding: Glaucoma is a well-known eye condition that has the potential to cause blindness. However, with early diagnosis and intervention the risk of going blind can be greatly minimized. One's individual risk for blindness is determined by the stage at which they are diagnosed. The best chance to minimize blindness is to follow Dr. Instructions for treatment and keep follow-up appt to monitor change. ...Read more

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I am going blind from glaucoma is there surgery that can help me?

There are many types: Glaucoma surgery can be done when medical and laser treatment are ineffective. Please see your ophthalmologist. ...Read more

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Will I become blind as a result of my glaucoma?

Untreated glaucoma: Glaucoma can cause blindness, but it's typically a long, slow process over years of time. In general, the higher the eye pressure, the faster the glaucoma progression. Since it's irreversible, it's best to identify it early, and then blindness often can be prevented. ...Read more

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I'm just wondering, if you have glaucoma, then does that mean you're blind?

No: Glaucoma can lead to blindness but there is varying level of severity, and most patients have no symptoms until later in the disease. ...Read more

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How likely is going blind from glaucoma with proper treatment?

Very low: The majority of people with glaucoma maintain functional vision with appropriate medical treatment. The best thing you can do to help manage your glaucoma is to continue routine follow-up visits with your ophthalmologist. ...Read more

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What other than glaucoma can cause blindness?

What other than glaucoma can cause blindness?

Diabetic retinopathy: Diabetic retinopathy is the number one reason people age 25-65 loose vision in the usa. Glaucoma is the number one reason in african americans in the us. Age related macular degeneration is the number one reason people over age 65 go blind in the U.S. In the world, the number one reason for blindness is cataracts, not a problem in the u.S since it is the most frequently performed surgery. ...Read more

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Which type of diseases other than glaucoma can cause blindness?

Lots of dieases: Besides glaucoma, the most common causes of blindness in the U.S. Are diabetes and macular degeneration. But there are thousands of diseases that can cause blindness. ...Read more

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Is it possible for glaucoma to cause blindness? If so, how can this be prevented?

Yes: Glaucoma can cause blindness. Most cases of glaucoma if detected and treated will not result in blindness, or even further loss of vision. You need monitored and treated to prevent progression and/or blindness. ...Read more

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How could I tell if I have glaucoma, sudden eye blindness disease?

Get evaluated: There are a number of causes for acute vision loss. Glaucoma can do this but is very uncommon, especially at your age. Do you have diabetes, vascular disease or other health problems? Have you had trauma? Or could you have multiple sclerosis? You need to go immediately to an ophthalmologist or an emergency room for sudden blindness. ...Read more

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Glaucoma. 1st opinion Dr. Said maybe blind in 5 yrs. & see neuro Dr. 2nd opinion Dr. Says glaucoma stable & neurologist not needed. Why difference?

Glaucoma. 1st opinion Dr. Said maybe blind in 5 yrs. & see neuro Dr. 2nd opinion Dr. Says glaucoma stable & neurologist not needed. Why difference?

Experience: Glaucoma can be a very challenging disease to treat and sometimes difficult to diagnose. If one of the doctors that you saw was a glaucoma specialist then I would lean towards their words of expertise. However if you have not seen a glaucoma specialist then I would recommend getting a third opinion, if possible, with an experienced specialist to settle which direction you should go. ...Read more

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What kind of diseases other than glaucoma and cataracts can cause blindness?

What kind of diseases other than glaucoma and cataracts can cause blindness?

Many, many: An entire medical specialty is devoted to identifying ocular and systemic diseases that are threats to vision. So, really too many to list. Ocular problems include macular degeneration, blood vessel obstruction, infection, injury, tumors, etc! Systemic disease includes blood vessel obstruction, diabetes, tumors and on and on! ...Read more

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My father is blind due to glaucoma in his eyes because of his diabetes. Any surgical options?

Diabetes, glaucoma: Hi. Diabetes does not cause glaucoma. Diabetes causes retinal diseases and glaucoma is an eye pressure disease. There may be surgical options for both, but if he's already blind, it's probably too late. His ophthalmologist will know and advise. Talk to the eye doc. Good luck to your Pops. ...Read more

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If I have glaucoma and blindness in one eye, is it still okay to have lasik surgery?

Probably not: Many doctors avoid elective eye surgery on monocular patients. Glaucoma is often bilateral condition and could develop later in your other eye. Increases your risks. In any event, it is a prudent idea for you to be wearing eye protection (glasses) most of the time to protect your only remaining eye. ...Read more

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Can eye drops for glaucoma stop you going blind or does it just slow the deterioration?

Both: Most eye drops for glaucoma lower the eye's pressure. The lower the pressure, the slower the damage to the vision. The goal is to slow the damage to as close to a standstill as possible. The amount of pressure lowering needed to stop the vision loss is different for everyone and the eyes must be monitored closely by an eye doctor to ensure that no further vision loss is occurring. ...Read more

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What is the probability that I will eventually go blind with retinal swelling and glaucoma after baerveldt tube surgery?

What is the probability that I will eventually go blind with retinal swelling and glaucoma after baerveldt tube surgery?

Slim chance: Doubtfully to be a concern for a high majority of individuals with glaucoma. Your particular condition may be different, and this question would be best addressed by the ophthalmologist who is very aware of your glaucomatous disease ; surgery. Having placed 100's of aqueous shunts in eyes with advanced glaucoma, this is an infrequently occurring problem (both retinal edema ; choroidal effusions). ...Read more

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84-year old mother may need glaucoma surgery. Could it make her vision worse or would she go blind w/o surgery. What is success rate?

84-year old mother may need glaucoma surgery. Could it make her vision worse or would she go blind w/o surgery. What is success rate?

All surgery has risk: There are many procedures for glaucoma. Laser procedures such as slt and iridotomy are very low risk, but there is always some risk to any procedure so this should be carefully discussed with the surgeon. Operating room procedures for glaucoma are usually done only after medical treatment fails or is inadequate, so there is also substantial risk to the vision not to proceed with the procedure. ...Read more

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Mother losing vision to glaucoma. Daughter 58 recently diagnosed. Mom's dr. Says I may have same type resistant to meds. Worried I will go blind too?

Mother losing vision to glaucoma. Daughter 58 recently diagnosed. Mom's dr. Says I may have same type resistant to meds. Worried I will go blind too?

Blindness: Is not likely except when the disease is diagnosed at end stage, or patient is lost to followup, or disease severely refractory to treatment. ...Read more

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Mother has uncontrolled glaucoma. I have glaucoma & dr said it may be same type due to genetics. At 59 how can I assure myself that I won't go blind?

Monitor: Regular follow-ups are critical with glaucoma. With today's medical and surgical options, it is likely that you can stay ahead of your glaucoma. Depending on your glaucoma status, the historical goal of being under 21mmhg may no longer be appropriate. I would recommend that you be proactive & aggressive. A 2nd opinion from another glaucoma specialist is reasonable if you are concerned. Good luck. ...Read more

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My grandmother has glaucoma, and my mother has macular degeneration. Does this mean I will go blind too?

My grandmother has glaucoma, and my mother has macular degeneration. Does this mean I will go blind too?

Probably not: Both of these are typically slow developing diseases and can be identified early if you obtain routine visits with your ophthalmologist. ...Read more

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Dr says glaucoma caught early w/30% nerve damage & some peripheral vision loss. Said w/out treatment could've been blind in 7 yrs. Can go that fast?

Depends: It depends on many factors, but the general rule of thumb is that it the higher the pressure, the faster vision loss can occur. The goal of glaucoma treatment is to lower the pressure to the point that vision loss does not progress or slows to the point that you will never go blind during your lifetime. ...Read more