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Doctor insights on: Is It Possible To Get An Eye Transplant If You Have Glaucoma

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Dr. Warren Foster
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Transplant (Definition)

In medicine: a transfer from one body or body part to another of an organ (liver, heart, lung, kidney, pancreas bowel) or tissue (hand, face, hair). The immune system fights foreign invaders (like infections) so it will reject transplants from other people (allotransplants) because they look like infections. So transplants usually require drugs to ...Read more


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Will having glaucoma stop me from getting an eye transplant?

Will having glaucoma stop me from getting an eye transplant?

No: There is no such thing as an eye transplant . You are referring to a corneal transplant. Uncontrolled glaucoma can lead to decreased survival of the corneal transplant. Glaucoma should be controlled medically before transplantation or an additional glaucoma surgical procedure should be performed before or at the time of transplantation when medication fails to lower the pressure adequately. ...Read more

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Would an eye transplant work for a glaucoma patient?

Would an eye transplant work for a glaucoma patient?

Not really...: In complicated situations, such as eye injury or infection, the loss of vision can be caused by several simultaneous processes. For example when the clear cornea has been damaged, and there is glaucoma as well, a corneal transplant (with cataract or glaucoma surgery as well) may help improve vision.... But this is not technically an "eye transplant for glaucoma.". ...Read more

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I have been diagnosed with pigmentary glaucoma will i get my eye color back?

I have been diagnosed with pigmentary glaucoma will i get my eye color back?

Likely no change: Pigmentary glaucoma is a type of open in the glaucoma that is a result of an excessive release of pigment from the structure in the eye called the iris. Overtime this release of pigment can clog your natural drainage system causing high eye pressure with resultant damage to the optic nerve. There can be some irreversible changes to the iris more notable on clinical exam using a microscope. ...Read more

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I have glaucoma in right eye. How likely is it that the left eye will also get it?

Depends: There are many different types of glaucoma, some of which only affect one eye. The most common form "open angle glaucoma" typically affects both eyes, although one may be affected more severely or earlier than the other. ...Read more

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I have glaucoma in right eye. What percent chance is there that i will get it in the left eye?

Depends: There ate different types of glaucoma, some of which only occur in one eye, while others occur in both. If you are monitored on a regular basis, regardless of the type you have, your second eye should be well-protected, as any subtle damage will be caught early. ...Read more

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Should we use eye drops and get unnecessary side effect if we are only being suspected to have glaucoma?

Depends...: If there are high risk factors for the development of glaucoma, sometimes a doctor may recommend treatment. However at times it is also okay to wait as long as there is close monitoring to assure changes do not occur that cause the condition to turn into glaucoma. If you have concerns, bring them up with your doctor to come up with the best plan for you. Good luck! ...Read more

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I get pressure in both eyes at times. I saw an optometrist who said everything was fine. Is it possible I have glaucoma? I wear contacts daily also.

Pressure: Feeling pressure is often different than having "eye pressure". It could be due to dryness, strain, inflammation, etc. If you had a thorough exam and the eye pressure was normal and you had basic testing to rule out glaucoma then you are most likely ok. Of course you should still get annual exams or more often if you have a family history of eye problems. ...Read more

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3 weeks after pushing on eye to get hidden contact out I was diagnosed with glaucoma. Could that cause it. I've been told I have unilateral glaucoma.

3 weeks after pushing on eye to get hidden contact out I was diagnosed with glaucoma. Could that cause it. I've been told I have unilateral glaucoma.

Unlikely: It is unlikely that the three weeks of pressure on the eye to move the contact lens could have caused you to have glaucoma. Glaucoma is a typically very slow and silent Eye condition that is often very asymptomatic until late stages. Typically it is found when screening the eye during routine Eye exams. ...Read more

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


Dr. Amy Friedman
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Transplantation (Definition)

Transplantation is the process of transplanting organs from a donor to a recipient and includes surgery ...Read more