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Precautions 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 moreSee 1 more doctor answer
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 moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Why are glaucoma meds frequently referenced in precautions when the physician prescribes other non related prescriptions?
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 moreSee 1 more doctor answer
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 moreSee 2 more doctor answers
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 moreSee 1 more doctor answer
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 moreSee 2 more doctor answers
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 moreSee 1 more doctor answer
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 moreSee 1 more doctor answer