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What are some precautions to be taken for glaucoma?

What are some precautions to be taken for glaucoma?

Use meds: Use the eye drops regularly to prevent further optic nerve damage. Good general health preservation is good in any disease. If you have closable angles be very careful not to take any meds such as antihistamines that could dilate the pupils also make sure no one dilates your eyes at the eye doctors office by mistake. ...Read more

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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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Can you please tell me the precautions to be taken for glaucoma?

Can you please tell me the precautions to be taken for glaucoma?

Monitor and treat!: You must treat, monitor, and ensure the glaucoma is not progressing. Follow the advice of your eye specialist. Do not ignore the condition. Once you can detect it in your vision it is very far advanced. You can not get back vision you have lost from glaucoma. ...Read more

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Diagnosed with cataracts and glaucoma. Since glaucoma and diabetes have similar symptoms, should I be checked for diabetes as a precaution?

Doesn't hurt: Most people with glaucoma do not actually have any symptoms, and the link between diabetes and glaucoma is confusing (linked in some studies and not in others). However diabetes is very common and you are over age 40, so a reasonable thing to check just for general health - see your primary doc for advice on this. ...Read more

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Is glaucoma painful?

Is glaucoma painful?

Not ordinarily: The two main types of glaucoma are open angle ; angle closure. The former is painless and progressive, if not stabilized. The latter also tends to be slow and progressive, but usually gradually closes the drainage angle of the eye. If acute angle closure of the angle occurs, considerable pain results and loss of vision ensues, if not urgently treated by medicine and laser or incisional surgery. ...Read more

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Can glaucoma be treated?

Yes: Observation, topical drops or other medications, laser, minimally invasive or conventional surgery: depending on side effects, stage of disease/current vision, health status, rate of progression, and eye pressure. ...Read more

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How is glaucoma detected?

Eye exam and testing: Usually a glaucoma evaluation is triggered when the optic nerve appears large, the eye pressure is measured high, the peripheral vision is diminished, or the front part of the eye appears narrow. At that point a full glaucoma workup is performed including imaging of the optic nerves and visual fields to confirm progressive damage. ...Read more

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How is glaucoma diagnosed?

Eye exam: Through a combination of tests including structural (disc photo, optical coherence tomography) and visual function (visual field) that demonstrates progressive damage to the optic nerve over time. Typically, measuring intraocular pressure is involved since it is our main treatable risk factor for worsening disease. ...Read more

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What would cause glaucoma?

Many: Primary causes vs. Secondary causes. Genetic predisposition. Anything that damages the eye so that the level of eye pressure is harmful to the optic nerve and causes loss of retinal ganglion cells. The eye drain could be damaged, ocular perfusion could be affected, etc. ...Read more

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What are symptoms of glaucoma?

Loss of side vision: Most glaucoma is asymptomatic. Acute angle closure glaucoma is associated with pain, blurred vision, nausea and a red eye. Open angle glaucoma is not symptomatic until late in the progression of the disease. This fact is why routine eye exams are recommended to detect the disease early in its course before irreversible damage to the optic nerve and the vision has occurred . ...Read more

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