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What lifestyle changes can be made to help keep eye pressure down in glaucoma?

What lifestyle changes can be made to help keep eye pressure down in glaucoma?

Exercise: Patients with open-angle glaucoma who exercise at least 3 times a week may be reduce their intraocular pressure by an average of 20%. Also, decreasing caffeine may help. ...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


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What lifestyle changes can be made to keep eye pressure down in glaucoma victims?

What lifestyle changes can be made to keep eye pressure down in glaucoma victims?

Some choices: Do not overdrink liquids this can elevate eye pressure in extremes. Doing upside down exercizes can increase eye pressure just by adding the hydrostatic pressure of the blood column. One should treat sleep apnea if that is a problem. If blood pressure is high lowering should be done carefully in glaucoma prone patients as rapid lowering can cause damage to the nerve. ...Read more

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Use travatan for glaucoma w/40% reduction in pressure, but afraid of eye color change. Dr said slt would lower pressure the same amount. Right?

probably: Travatan and other drugs in is class can darken an eye that has some brown in the iris to begin with (hazel). Not a true blue eye and a dark brown eye is too dark to notice. Slt can have the effect of that medication in lowering the internal eye pressure although the effect is variable and may not be long lasting. There are other anti-glaucoma medications available however. ...Read more

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Travatan has lowered eye pressure in glaucoma 40% but i'm very afraid of possible eye color change. Could cosopt also lower pressure 40%?

Travatan has lowered eye pressure in glaucoma 40% but i'm very afraid of possible eye color change. Could cosopt also lower pressure 40%?

Do not worry: Travatan is very effective at lowering pressure with almost no side effects, but more importantly can help prevent vision loss from glaucoma by lowering the pressure. The eye color change is rare, and might occur with long term use in people with blue eyes and a hazel center. The hazel part might appear darker or larger over a long period of time. Cosopt is ok, but has more side effects. ...Read more

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In mild stage open angle glaucoma in 1 eye is it safe to have lasik surgery. Is there a risk it will permanently raise eye pressure & treatment change?

In mild stage open angle glaucoma in 1 eye is it safe to have lasik surgery. Is there a risk it will permanently raise eye pressure & treatment change?

Should be OK: You however need to discuss this with the ophthalmologist that will do the lasik. There are certain parameters that need to be measured to see if you are a candidate. Also, lasik thins the cornea making the eye pressure measurements less reliable. ...Read more

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Does increased eye pressure mean that I have glaucoma?

Does increased eye pressure mean that I have glaucoma?

Maybe: Glaucoma means the pressure in the eye over time has caused damage to the optic nerve. Increased eye pressure is a risk factor for glaucoma but it does not necessarily mean you have it. Examination and evaluation by an eye md can help determine if you have glaucoma or are at risk of glaucoma and if treatment is needed. ...Read more

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Will I develop glaucoma if I have increased eye pressure?

Yes: Possibly so - other factors such as age and actual pressure readings will play a role in your specific risk for developing glaucoma. It would be wise to follow up with an eye specialist and understand your risk and recommendations for risk reduction through intra-ocular pressure control. ...Read more

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I'd like to know the minimum and maximum eye pressure. At what pressure is glaucoma indicated?

I'd like to know the minimum and maximum eye pressure. At what pressure is glaucoma indicated?

0-70: Minimum 0 mmhg when the eye is completely collapsed and too much fluid is exiting the eye for the amount made. Maximum somewhere around 70 mmhg since eventually the eye can't make any more fluid (ischemic ciliary body). With repeated injections, you may be able to make the eye pressure higher. Glaucoma is when the pressure causes retinal ganglion cell loss (a different number for everyone). ...Read more

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