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What is the definition or description of: primary congenital glaucoma?

What is the definition or description of: primary congenital glaucoma?

.: Primary refers to no other secondary cause of the glaucoma; such as trauma, medicine induced, pigment dispersion. Congenital, meaning from birth, often genetic in origin. ...Read more

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Dr. Robert Chang
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Glaucoma (Definition)

A condition that causes damage to your eye's optic nerve and gets worse over time. It's often linked to a buildup of pressure inside your eye. Without treatment, glaucoma can cause total permanent blindness ...Read more


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What is congenital glaucoma?

What is congenital glaucoma?

At birth: Inherited glaucoma present at birth due to a developmental problem with the drain of the eye, typically presenting with tearing, light sensitivity, and eyelid spasms. ...Read more

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Can you live a productive life if you have congenital glaucoma?

Can you live a productive life if you have congenital glaucoma?

Glaucoma: Yes. Many afflicted people with congenital glaucoma can lead very productive lives. There may be some limitations if eyesight is affected, but often adaptation and training can facilitate their ability to carrying on functional lives. ...Read more

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How to treat congenital glaucoma?

How to treat congenital glaucoma?

See a specialist: The book answer is typically surgery (medications to bridge the gap until surgery) but whatever it takes to lower pressure to save the nerve health with least side effects. ...Read more

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Can there be any cure for congenital glaucoma by birth?

Can there be any cure for congenital glaucoma by birth?

Define by birth: Do you mean knowing in advance the problem so the child is born without the condition? Or just post birth treatment. There is treatment and some times cure depending upon the type of glaucoma. ...Read more

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Please let me know if there is any cure for congenital glaucoma by birth?

Possibly: There are a number of causes for congenital glaucoma. Depending on what the underlying problem is, there indeed may be treatment. It is very important to get a pediatric opthalmologist involved asap as they can guide both diagnosis and treatment. Every day you delay puts your child's vision at more risk. ...Read more

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My father had normal tension glaucoma. Is it possible for me to have congenital glaucoma? (i'm 30 years old)

My father had normal tension glaucoma. Is it possible for me to have congenital glaucoma? (i'm 30 years old)

Not now: Unless you've been diagnosed as an infant, you are not going to get congenital glaucoma now. You do have rushdie glaucoma as you age and with a positive family history and you have diabetes.. Best advice is to have regular eye exams to reassure your eye health is maintained. ...Read more

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I've been taking Dorzolamide and Latanoprost for congenital glaucoma for 12 years, will I be on these eye drops the rest of my life?

I've been taking Dorzolamide and Latanoprost for congenital glaucoma for 12 years, will I be on these eye drops the rest of my life?

Maybe: This question is not able to be answered with the info present. You may be helped by some surgery so the opthalmologist needs to comment. There are always advance or maybe new drugs. I know this is a pain but better than a loss of sight ...Read more

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What medicines can be prescribed in place of travatan for glaucoma?

What medicines can be prescribed in place of travatan for glaucoma?

Options: There are several classes of medications to consider for the treatment. Depending on your health, other than the prostaglandin analogue class (travatan, others), alpha agonists (brimonidine), beta antagonists (timolol, others), carbonic anhydrase inhibitors (dorzolamide, others), parasympathomimetics (pilocarpine, others), & hyperosmotics (not used by patient). Also, laser treatment is a consideration ...Read more

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What medicines can be prescribed in place of travatan for glaucoma?

What medicines can be prescribed in place of travatan for glaucoma?

Many: There are several other drops in the same class as travatan. Two are generic (latanoprost and transports) as well as zioptan, lumigan and rescula. There are then 4 other classes of eye drop medications that can be used -beta blockers, carbonic anhydrase inhibitors, alpha adrenergics and parasympathetics. Beyond eye drops there is a laser as well. ...Read more

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What medicines can my father with glaucoma take?

What medicines can my father with glaucoma take?

No limits: If you father is taking medication to treat glaucoma, then he has most likely had a diagnosis of open angle glaucoma (oag). There are no limits to other medication he can take simultaneously. There is a type of glaucoma called narrow angle for which disclaimers are listed on medication "do not take if you have glaucoma"- but these are for a type he doesn't have. ...Read more

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How can I cure primary open angle glaucoma naturally by exercise or alternative safety ways please?

How can I cure primary open angle glaucoma naturally by exercise or alternative safety ways please?

Not possible: There are no natural products, no natural treatment, no exercises etc. That will modify glaucoma in any way. There is effective pharmacologic and surgical treatment and you should follow the advice of your ophthalmologist for the preservation of your important vision. Naturopaths and chiropractors have no role to play at all in this condition. ...Read more

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I have just been diagnosed with anatomic narrow angle. No glaucoma. What medicines should I not take?

Look on the labels: The majority of medications that list warnings about glaucoma have to do with the concern of people with narrow angles. There are components of medications, like antihistamines, that have a dilating effect on the pupil of the eye. This can congest the area where eye fluid naturally drains and cause an increase in eye pressure. Your doctor should advise you more closely on this. Good luck! ...Read more

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Use travatan z for glaucoma w/minimal side effects. If a 2nd class of drug is added will there be bothersome side effects?

Use travatan z for glaucoma w/minimal side effects. If a 2nd class of drug is added will there be bothersome side effects?

Generally no!: Each class of medication has its own side effects. These drops generally do not amplify each other's side effect! However... More drops means more preservatives which my cause irritation. ...Read more

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I'm using allergan (combigan and ganfort) for an advanced glaucoma. Are these the best drugs for treating glaucoma, or are there better ones?

Glaucoma: Both combigan and ganfort are combination drops. Both contain timolol which would be unnecessary duplicate therapy with potential for side effects. This maybe something to address with your eye doc. However, it is often difficult to suggest alternatives in advanced glaucoma if a regimen is already working for you...a sort of ' don't fix what's not broken' approach. Good luck ...Read more

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Glaucoma 35 years. Pressure 8 and 17. Dr. Wants to laser as 3 drugs I am now on won't lower pressure below 17. Thought 17 was in normal range.

Glaucoma 35 years. Pressure 8 and 17. Dr. Wants to laser as 3 drugs I am now on won't lower pressure below 17. Thought 17 was in normal range.

Glaucoma: Would get a second opinion as 17 is not that high. How are you doing on visual filed testing? Is it normal or showing evidence of glaucoma effects? Though usually above 20 is a concern, there is an entity called normal tension glaucoma where you can have damage at normal optic pressures. F/U with second opinion and discuss normal pressure glaucoma and visual field defects with your doctor. ...Read more

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What allergy medicine is safe for glaucoma patients?

What allergy medicine is safe for glaucoma patients?

No risk: If you have been diagnosed with glaucoma, then all of the systemic allergy medications will not cause a problem. Any disclaimers relate to the uncommon angle closure glaucoma which your doctor has no doubt ruled out already if you have this diagnosis. ...Read more

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Can cholesterol drugs cause glaucoma?

Benefit greatest: The greatest benefit for protection against glaucoma was in men with cardiovascular disease and high cholesterol. The authors believe statins might lower the risk of glaucoma by reducing atherosclerosis in the optic nerve, or by improving blood flow in the eye. Statins might also enhance the ability of cells just in front of the iris to drain excess fluid. ...Read more

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Can I use my glaucoma medicines before swimming?

Yes: Close your eyes for a minute after putting the drop in the lower lid sac, and it should be absorbed. ...Read more

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Primary Congenital Glaucoma (Definition)

A serious eye condition that affects about one in every 10, 000 infants. It is present from birth, and if untreated is a major ...Read more