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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 moreSee 2 more doctor answers
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 moreSee 2 more doctor answers
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 moreSee 1 more doctor answer
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 moreSee 1 more doctor answer
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 moreSee 2 more doctor answers
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