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I Have Glaucoma
Eye exam plus: A comprehensive eye exam including a history of systemic & ocular problems, family history, & type of present medications. Intraocular pressure is measured. Dilation of the pupils is performed to evaluate the optic nerve, retina & blood vessels. Corneal pachymetry, optical coherence tomography, & visual field testing are performed as necessary. The data gathered is analyzed; diagnosis & treatment. ...Read moreSee 2 more doctor answers
Lifelong treatment: Most patients with glaucoma do not develop visual loss which impairs function if they are diligent with being monitored and compliant with taking medication. However, there are some cases of glaucoma that can proceed to significant visual loss despite the best efforts of the treating physician and patient. ...Read moreSee 2 more doctor answers
Possibly: Glaucoma can lead to blindness if left untreated. You need to be monitored and treated. In most cases when the condition is treated it can be controlled. This may be something you have to deal with for the rest of your life, take is serious and follow the advice of a good eye specialist. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Ophthalmologist: There are usually no early warning signs of the most common types of glaucoma. Blurry vision is a very late symptom. If you are worried about having glaucoma, or if you have any vision problems, the only way to truly sort it out is to have an ophthalmologist examine your eyes for optical and medical problems, including glaucoma. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Any one can develop: glaucoma. Though there is a hereditary component to it, it is not 100% dominant, meaning it can skip generations. Also it can also start randomly with you. Since glaucoma is so asymptomatic in its early stages, many people can die without knowing that they ever had the disease and family members will never know. Also some may have, but haven't spoken out. Best thing to do is keep up with treatment ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Depends: Talk to your doctor about what type of glaucoma you have. Most over the counter medications with a warning label to consult with your physician before using are specifically targeting Narrow angle forms of glaucoma (primary, secondary). If you are not affected with narrow angle glaucoma, then these medications may be taken as labeled and/or by the advice of your health care practitioner. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
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