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Is it dangerous to your vision to fly if you have glaucoma?

Is it dangerous to your vision to fly if you have glaucoma?

Flying and eye: Glaucoma is not a risk factor for flying. However some patients with glaucoma also have had retinal surgery and if during that surgery an air bubble was injected to hold the retina in place, then flying can be dangerous as the bubble can expand at heights. Ask your retinal surgeon when you can fly, . ...Read more

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Dr. Richard Bensinger
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Vision (Definition)

Vision is a feature of a person's brain that allows him to see. He must have normal eyes, optic nerves (that stretch from the eyes to the back of his brain), and visual cortex (the vision center in the brain), in order to see properly. An ophthalmologist is a ...Read more


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Can you have perfect vision and develop glaucoma?

Can you have perfect vision and develop glaucoma?

Silent field loss: Glaucoma in early stage is asymptomatic. Glaucoma if undetected and untreated can progressively damage the optic nerve and eventually resulting in irreversible visual field loss. This is why it important to have a dilated retinal examination and intraocular pressure check, especially after 50 years old. ...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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What can I do if i've already lost some vision from glaucoma?

What can I do if i've already lost some vision from glaucoma?

Stop losing anymore: Unfortunately, you can't get back what you've lost already. However, even with advanced glaucoma, most people don't have any symptoms. Therefore its very important that you treat the glaucoma so you don't lose anymore vision. ...Read more

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If I have an early glaucoma, does this affect my vision by time?

Possibly: Glaucoma can be vision threatening if poorly treated or undetected. The goal of therapy is to get the internal pressure into a safe range so that the vision is not affected. In most cases the vision will be preserved. It is a bit of a difficult motivation task as the use of eyedrops for glaucoma does not produce an immediate benefit (like a pain reliever would) so treatment is for the long term. ...Read more

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Am being treated for glaucoma. Dr is having a problem fitting me with contacts. My vision keeps changing & sometimes blurry. Why?

Dry eyes: Your symptoms are consistent with dry eyes. Fluctuating vision would certainly make fitting for contacts more difficult. There is no reason to assume that the dry eyes are related to the glaucoma. However, travatan can potentially exacerbate dry eyes. ...Read more

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With glaucoma at age 58, it is hard for me to understand how i will be able to preserve my vision for 30 years. Won't this be difficult?

Not necessarily : It mostly depends on how advanced your glaucoma was when first diagnosed and detected. Unless the disease was very advanced, i see no reason why you should not be able to preserve your vision for your lifetime if you follow your doctor's recommendations and use your medications as directed. Glaucoma is by nature progressive, so the goal is to slow that progression to a crawl. We have great medications and surgeries to help. Compliance is very important. ...Read more

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Is any drug useful for glaucoma to preserve field of vision?

Yes: There are many eye medications that have been shown to be very useful in the management of glaucoma. Unfortunately, it may continue to progress and appropriate treatment may include surgical intervention and/or eye medications. ...Read more

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If the patient have lost already some vision from glaucoma, what could you do?

Consistent follow-up: Vision loss from glaucoma is often subtle at first.. But with significant damage, loss may rapidly worsen. Consistent, regular care is essential. The patient must use his medications and keep regular appointments for eye-pressure checks, visual field tests, and optic nerve exams. An ophthalmologist is best trained to offer the most appropriate treatments of drops, laser or surgery. ...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