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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)

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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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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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?

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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What exactly is acute glaucoma?

Fluid block in eye: The eye has an internal clear fluid circulation 24/7. This is called the aqueous humor. The iris in certain shaped eyes (usually farsighted) can obstruct the outflow and within 1/2 hour the pressure can skyrocket to dangerous levels. This is an emergency, can be stopped with certain drugs and prevented with laser. See your ophthalmologist immediately if you suspect this condition. ...Read more

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Glaucoma testing for juveniles?

Would be geat: There would be a low 'yield' unless you test only those with family history. ...Read more

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What are the stages of glaucoma?

What are the stages of glaucoma?

Continuum: The glaucoma continuum has been proposed to describe the stages. Structure and function are mentioned. Early on, structural damage to the optic nerves occur without functional vision loss . As the disease progresses, visual deficits occur. ...Read more

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What are the symptoms of glaucoma?

Depends: Most glaucoma is asymptomatic until end stage disease when the vision is decreased in both eyes. At that point, contrast, acuity, and peripheral vision are diminished. Thus, screening is key if at risk. A particular type called acute angle closure glaucoma with a sudden rise in eye pressure can have symptoms of red eye, severe eye pain, blurred vision, haloes, headache, nausea, vomiting... ...Read more

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What tests are there for glaucoma?

What tests are there for glaucoma?

Standard: The most common test for glaucoma is measuring the iop by applanation tonometry. Computerized visual field testing, optical coherence tomography, Heidelberg retinal tomography, GDx, stereo optic nerve photography, dilated funduscopy, & gonioscopy, are several other methodologies for evaluating the eye for diseases, like glaucoma. ...Read more

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Is there an "opposite" of glaucoma?

In a way, yes!: If the pressure of the eye is too low, the opposite of glaucoma where it is too high, damage and loss of sight may be associated. If the pressure drops due to injury, say, then the low pressure is an effect of the loss of function rather than being the cause of the loss of function. This is called phthisis bulbi (pronounced "ty-sis bulb-eye". Hopefully i made the difference clear! ...Read more

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I have glaucoma. What can I expect?

Lifelong treatment: Most patients with glaucoma do not develop visual loss which impairs function if they are diligent with being monitored and compliant with taking medication. However, there are some cases of glaucoma that can proceed to significant visual loss despite the best efforts of the treating physician and patient. ...Read more

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Wjhat are the symptoms of glaucoma?

Wjhat are the symptoms of glaucoma?

Usually none: "The (silent) thief of sight" is aptly applied to the most common form of glaucoma called open angle. There is no early warning sign or pain to give you concern. A family history of the disease, as well as high intraocular pressure, African or Hispanic ethnicity, steroid use, eye injury, thin cornea, high myopia, hypertension are important risk factors. A dilated exam is essential for diagnosis. ...Read more

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What happens when you ahve glaucoma?

You can go blind: Glaucoma can make you totally blind in one or both eyes. Fortunately with the modern drops, laser, and surgical techniques, it is usually well treated and vision loss can be kept to a minimum. ...Read more

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Is there a way to avoid having glaucoma?

Is there a way to avoid having glaucoma?

Everyone is at risk: Although you cannot change certain things about developing glaucoma, such as positive family history of glaucoma, high myopia, being black or hispanic, aging, there are some important positive and beneficial approaches to keeping your eyes healthy. Eating a healthy diet, exercise, eye protection, yearly eye examinations(high risk groups), careful monitoring of eye pressure if on corticosteroids. ...Read more

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