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Juvenile Glaucoma Blindness
Not easy to tell: Juvnile glaucoma is form that occurs in young people. Hopefully it is diagnosed and treated promptly. There is no set period of time for vision loss to occur. It depends on how severe is the degree of glaucoma and how high is the pressure. Young eyes are remarkably durable and can recover some vision even after a long period of increased pressure if treated. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Yes: The natural progression of glaucoma when left untreated is irreversible blindness. The rate at which this will happen depends on multiple factors. It can be very disheartening as a doctor to see patients who present with such severe loss of vision because they didn't take their glaucoma seriously. I wish you all the best. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Depends: It's based upon how much nerve damage has already occurred and the rate of ganglion cell loss. The earlier the intervention, the more likely the chance to preserve vision. It also matters how likely therapy can slow down the progression of disease in someone's expected lifetime vs. Losing sight from a complication of therapy or just age-related loss. ...Read moreSee 2 more doctor answers
It's possible: Glaucoma is a very serious eye condition that can lead to blindness in it's late stages. It's known as the sneak thief of sight because it typically does not have symptoms in the early stages. The best way to prevent blindness is to keep up with eye examinations and to follow the doctor's recommendations for treatment. If ever in doubt seek a second opinion. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Untreated glaucoma: Glaucoma can cause blindness, but it's typically a long, slow process over years of time. In general, the higher the eye pressure, the faster the glaucoma progression. Since it's irreversible, it's best to identify it early, and then blindness often can be prevented. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Variable: Some glaucomas are very slow to progress and others move rapidly. It depends upon how high the pressure is, how strong the resistance of the circulation at the back of the eye, and of course whether the problem is recognized and treated properly. Most with glaucoma do not go blind. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Potentially blinding: Glaucoma is a well-known eye condition that has the potential to cause blindness. However, with early diagnosis and intervention the risk of going blind can be greatly minimized. One's individual risk for blindness is determined by the stage at which they are diagnosed. The best chance to minimize blindness is to follow Dr. instructions for treatment and keep follow-up appt to monitor change. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Diabetic retinopathy: Diabetic retinopathy is the number one reason people age 25-65 loose vision in the usa. Glaucoma is the number one reason in african americans in the us. Age related macular degeneration is the number one reason people over age 65 go blind in the U.S. In the world, the number one reason for blindness is cataracts, not a problem in the u.S since it is the most frequently performed surgery. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
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