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How Long Take To Go Blind Glaucoma
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
If glaucoma is 2nd leading cause of blindness, what percent of patients with open angle glaucoma go blind or have substantial field vision loss?
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
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
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
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
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