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Doctor insights on: Symptoms Of Glaucoma Fluttering In Peripheral Vision

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What could be the reasons for reduced peripheral vision besides glaucoma?

What could be the reasons for reduced peripheral vision besides glaucoma?

Many: Strokes, retinal detachments, retinitis pigmentosa, other optic neuropathies, etc. ...Read more

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Peripheral Vision (Definition)

When you look at someone's face, you can still see their hand, even though you are not looking directly at it. When you are walking through a doorway, you are not looking at the sides, or looking directly at the threshold, but you see it through your peripheral vision. Anything outside of your direct focus spot, is considered peripheral. Which can be measured ...Read more


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How accurate are DMV peripheral vision tests when you have glaucoma. Could test show more loss than what there really is.

How accurate are DMV peripheral vision tests when you have glaucoma. Could test show more loss than what there really is.

Meets standards: DMV tests are not designed to detect or monitor disease. They have a standard peripheral signal that you need to detect to determine the width of peripheral vision only. If your glaucoma has not progressed to the point of affecting peripheral vision, then you should be able to easily pass that test. ...Read more

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I was detected with glaucoma, earlier I was having peripheral vision loss which I neglected that advanced to complete vision loss. What should I do?

I was detected with glaucoma, earlier I was having peripheral vision loss which I neglected that advanced to complete vision loss. What should I do?

Continue treatment: Obviously you discovered the vision loss and hopefully are seeing an ophthalmologist (not an optometrist) for treatment. Your goal, since you have lost vision in one eye is to be very diligent with treatment for the remaining eye to prevent it losing any more vision. The loss from the blind eye, in glaucoma, unfortunately is permanent. ...Read more

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Stable Glaucoma. Recently thought could be peripheral vision Ioss driving. 3 recent field tests show no change. Dr.has no explaination. Am I paranoid?

Stable Glaucoma. Recently thought could be peripheral vision Ioss driving. 3 recent field tests show no change. Dr.has no explaination. Am I paranoid?

Not paranoid: All with eye disease worry about losing sight. While most glaucoma can be managed with little or no loss, some do go out of control. Your ophthalmologist (you are not seeing an optometrist for this I hope?) did three fields with no loss. This is strong evidence of good control and you are on a good medication (Cosopt). Stick with this and express your fears to your doctor on next visit. ...Read more

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Some peripheral vision loss & 30% nerve damage. Dr. Says glaucoma caught early. Does this sound like a reasonable statement?

Some peripheral vision loss & 30% nerve damage. Dr. Says glaucoma caught early. Does this sound like a reasonable statement?

Yes: Based upon scanning, your doctor has probably estimated a loss of 30% of your vision fibers due to glaucoma. Since there is considerable redundancy in the vision, you have plenty of good vision left. Well managed glaucoma will likely preserve the remaining vision and you should do well. ...Read more

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Glaucoma rt. Eye. Humphrey field test full within normal limits. DMV peripheral vision test 50 deg left & 70 deg right. Dr says DMV test wrong. Possible?

Glaucoma rt. Eye. Humphrey field test full within normal limits. DMV peripheral vision test 50 deg left & 70 deg right. Dr says DMV test wrong. Possible?

Depends: Most Humphrey testing is 30-50 degrees from the center simply because ones that measure farther out take too long a time and most glaucoma changes start in the center. The DMV tests check a couple of horizontal points about 60 degrees and 130 degrees out. So it depends upon which testing you went through. Hopefully, with a glaucoma diagnosis, you are seeing a real doctor - an ophthalmologist. ...Read more

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58 yrs. Old, 30% nerve damage, minimal peripheral vision loss. Mother's glaucoma uncontrolled. My prognosis diminished because of these factors?

58 yrs. Old, 30% nerve damage, minimal peripheral vision loss. Mother's glaucoma uncontrolled. My prognosis diminished because of these factors?

Risk factors: Risk factors of glaucoma do include family history. With regular follow up visits and treatment, drops or stl laser surgery, your ophthalmologist will be able to maintain what you have now. Peripheral vision loss in irreversible. The important thing is to get the eye pressure low and prevent any flucuation of the pressure. Quarterly eye exams are the standard of care for this. ...Read more

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Diagnosed w/glaucoma. Opthomologist said no peripheral vision loss. No optic nerve damage but the nerve tissue has thinned. How serious is that?

Diagnosed w/glaucoma. Opthomologist said no peripheral vision loss. No optic nerve damage but the nerve tissue has thinned. How serious is that?

Early changes: This means that there has been some early damage to the optic nerve/ retina. As long as the eye pressure is controlled over every exam you should not lose any vision. Visits to the eye doctor every 4 months is recommended. ...Read more

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Glaucoma with 30% optic nerve damage. No peripheral vision loss. For patient to notice peripheral vision loss, how much nerve damage must there be?

Glaucoma with 30% optic nerve damage. No peripheral vision loss. For patient to notice peripheral vision loss, how much nerve damage must there be?

Variable: This depends upon the sensitivity of the nerves under the stress of the elevated pressure in the eye. Some will loss measurable amounts of vision at 30% damage, others require more loss to detect it. There is good adaptation so it takes a sensitive person to best detect loss. Best to get treatment and avoid any loss at all. ...Read more

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In glaucoma 20% optic nerve damage with minimal peripheral vision loss. How much loss would it take to not see coffee tables & steps?

In glaucoma 20% optic nerve damage with minimal peripheral vision loss. How much loss would it take to not see coffee tables & steps?

Depends: As a general rule, the eye has an amazing ability to see, even with severe nerve losss. Everyone has a natural blind spot in each eye (where the optic nerve exits the eye and goes the brain) and yet, even with one eye closed, it is hard to appreciate the blind spot. Typically, patients will have end-stage glaucoma before they start having glaucoma-related vision loss. ...Read more

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Early stage glaucoma & moderate stage epiretinal membrane same eye not affecting vision much now. W/both diseases potential for central vision loss & peripheral vision loss causes anxiety. Prognosis?

The risk is very low: An epiretinal membrane is a common finding in 60 y/o female and typically remain visually insignificant. If it becomes visually significant, surgical treatment is very successful. Mild glaucoma is very treatable, and with appropriate followup and treatment, peripheral vision loss can be prevented. Central loss is extremely rare. ...Read more

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Is there a non-surgical option for glaucoma treatment? I have been gradually losing my peripheral vision and just found out I have glaucoma. Is there an option for glaucoma treatment other than surgery? I would rather take medication than have surgery on

Is there a non-surgical option for glaucoma treatment? I have been gradually losing my peripheral vision and just found out I have glaucoma. Is there an option for glaucoma treatment other than surgery? I would rather take medication than have surgery on

YES: There are many different classes of eye medications that are typically used to treat glaucoma without surgery. Most physicians reserve glaucoma filtering surgery to cases were medication fails to lower the intraocular pressure adequately to prevent ongoing optic nerve damage. Alternatively, laser treatment can be used to lower iop much more safely than trabeculectomy surgery if appropriate. ...Read more

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I'm 58 recently diagnosed w/glaucoma & beginnings of peripheral vision loss. Please explain what aggressive treatment would mean for me?

Treatment: Of glaucoma is individualized. For each, a target pressure is set depending on the untreated pressure (usually 30% lower). Then the ophthalmologist adds treatment until this is reached. More aggressive treatment means setting a lower goal and closer follow up. ...Read more

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Glaucoma 20% nerve damage minimal peripheral vision loss pressure lowered from 31 to 15-16 w?

Glaucoma 20% nerve damage minimal peripheral vision loss pressure lowered from 31 to 15-16 w?

Good result: This is a very good pressure for the amount of disease present. Continue to follow your ophthalmologist's recommendations and your eyes should do fine. ...Read more

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58-year old recently diagnosed w/glaucoma, 30% nerve damage & some peripheral vision loss. What is long term prognosis? Can surgery be avoided?

58-year old recently diagnosed w/glaucoma, 30% nerve damage & some peripheral vision loss. What is long term prognosis? Can surgery be avoided?

Good & usually: Acceptable iop control with careful monitoring and testing is quite successful in preventing functional vision loss in 85% or more of patients. I think it is also reassuring that if medical treatment fails to stabilize your glaucoma, that there are excellent procedures that can have great outcomes. Laser treatment would likely be first on the list with incisional surgery later. Surg. Gen not req. ...Read more

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Visual field test normal w/minimal peripheral vision loss. After diagnosed w/glaucoma feel more nervous driving such as changing lanes. Psychological?

MAYBE: Ask ophthalmologist to check visual accuity. If there has been no change, you're getting unnecessarily anxious. Remember the possibility of trouble doesn't mean it's there now. ...Read more

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