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How do I know if I have glaucoma?

How do I know if 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 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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I have glaucoma. What can I expect?

I have glaucoma. What can I expect?

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 more

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Can I have glaucoma and still have perfect vision?

Can I have glaucoma and still have perfect vision?

Yes: A patient can have 90% damage to their optic nerve with just a small central tunnel of vision remaining and still see the 20/20 line. The loss of the peripheral vision, however, is debilitating. ...Read more

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Do you think I should be worried that I have glaucoma?

Do you think I should be worried that I have glaucoma?

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 more

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How do I tell if I have glaucoma, if I can't see too well?

How do I tell if I have glaucoma, if I can't see too well?

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 more

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How can I have glaucoma; is it age-related or is it hereditary?

How can I have glaucoma; is it age-related or is it hereditary?

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 more

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What to do if I have glaucoma. what medications should I avoid using?

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 more

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Can I take Excedrin if I have glaucoma?

Yes: There is no interaction between excedrin and glaucoma. If the excedrin can relieve your pain, then go for it. ...Read more

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How can I stay optimistic if I have glaucoma?

How can I stay optimistic if I have glaucoma?

Because: this is a very treatable condition. There is no cure, but careful monitoring and treatment can stop progression in the majority of people. Work with your ophthalmologist. ...Read more

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My tonometry tests shows 22-25mm hg, does it mean I have glaucoma? Is there a pre-glaucoma?

No: Ocular hypertension (glaucoma suspect), unless progressive damage to the optic nerve has occurred by the high pressure as measured over time by structural and functional change. ...Read more