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I was told I have glaucoma and am wondering if I need to use eye drops?

I was told I have glaucoma and am wondering if I need to use eye drops?

Maybe: You need to see an ophthalmologist and have an eye examination. This includes checking your eye pressures and visual fields. ...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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How do I take my glaucoma eye drops?

How do I take my glaucoma eye drops?

Eye drop administrat: It is important to understand that if a drop enters the eye space at any location, it will spread over the whole eye with the first blink. You do not need to aim for the center or some special location. The blink removes any excess - drops are calibrated so that what is left after one blink is the proper amount for activity. Forget what rolled down your cheek. ...Read more

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What eye drops are used for glaucoma?

What eye drops are used for glaucoma?

Many types: Eye drops for glaucoma treat the internal elevated pressure by lower it. This can take the form of drops that lower the inflow or that increase the outflow. Drug companies are constantly working to improve the effectiveness, comfort and use of fewer drops to accomplish this goal. ...Read more

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Does every glaucoma eye drops grow lashes?

Does every glaucoma eye drops grow lashes?

No: Only the group of drugs known as prostaglandin analogs which include latanoprost,bimatoprost, travoprost and tafluprost cause eyelash growth and iris pigmentation. Beta blockers, carbonic anhydrase inhibitors,alpha agonists and cholinergic drugs do not. ...Read more

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What if i forget to take my glaucoma eye drops?

Not a good idea: In most cases of glaucoma, rarely (once or twice a year) omitting eye drops will not create a serious problem. However, if you have visual loss from glaucoma, having the pressure go up even briefly may cause further loss of vision. ...Read more

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Besides eye drops what other options are there to treat glaucoma?

Laser therapy: The most common method of treating glaucoma is the use of eye drop medications to lower the eye pressure. If the angle of the eye is open then a low energy treatment, selective laser trabeculoplasty (slt) can often be effective in lowering the eye pressure for variable lengths of time. A balanced diet and exercise can also be beneficial in lowering eye pressure as well as maintaining good health. ...Read more

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Can contacts be worn comfortably when being treated for glaucoma with eye drops.

Can contacts be worn comfortably when being treated for glaucoma with eye drops.

Yes: Many patients have no problem with contact lens wear and using drops to treat glaucoma. It is important that the drops not be used while wearing the cl. Drops should be administered at least 5 minutes before inserting the cl. ...Read more

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Apart from luemigon, betagon for glaucoma, please recommend any advanced eye drops?

Apart from luemigon, betagon for glaucoma, please recommend any advanced eye drops?

Many options : Lumigan (and less so Betagan) is a commonly used glaucoma drop. There are other glaucoma drop options, and a relatively benign SLT laser treatment that can also be used to improve glaucoma control. Recommendation options are best made by your eye MD based on your specific situation. ...Read more

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What eye drops combat glaucoma?

What eye drops combat glaucoma?

Medications: Several classes of medications are prescribed for treating glaucoma. These include: prostaglandin analogues, alpha adrenergic agonists, beta adrenergic antagonists, carbonic anhyrase inhibitors, cholinergic agonists, & hyperosmolar agents. In development are rhokinase inhibitors. Laser and incisional surgical treatments are also options. Primarily though, glaucoma is treated with eye drops. ...Read more

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Which eye drops prevent glaucoma pain?

Which eye drops prevent glaucoma pain?

Glaucoma not painful: If you have glaucoma, and have pain, then the cause is something else than the glaucoma. The only painful glaucoma comes from acute angle closure glaucoma or advanced hemorrhagic glaucoma. The most common glaucomas are painless. If you have pain, discuss this with your ophthalmologist. ...Read more

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