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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

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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Ashwagandha is safe for glaucoma patient?

Ashwagandha is safe for glaucoma patient?

Talk to your eye doc: There does not appear to be a problem, depending on other medicines you are taking, which may interact with it. But there have been no good studies about its effects.
See http://lifeatlahey. Com/Departments_and_Locations/Departments/Ophthalmology/Ebsco_Content/Glaucoma.aspx? Chunkiid=21532
And see http://www. Emedicinehealth. Com/ashwagandha-page3/vitamins-supplements. Htm
Talk to your eye doc first. ...Read more

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Is ashwagandha is safe for glaucoma patient?

Is ashwagandha is safe for glaucoma patient?

Yes: Ashwagandha is a very safe and well-tolerated herb with many benefits that has been used for thousands of years. It has been subject to many research studies. While there is no specific research on it and glaucoma, there is no evidence it is harmful for those with glaucoma and is likely of some benefit. See http://oneearthherbs. Squarespace. Com/diseases/glaucoma. Html
and http://tinyurl. Com/nv99a44 ...Read more

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Glaucoma patient headache, what to do?

Glaucoma patient headache, what to do?

Difficult to assess: There are multiple reasons for headaches, one of which can be caused by high eye pressure. Associated symptoms would be blurry vision, red eye, and nausea. But without an exam, it's tough to tell. Get an eye exam to be sure. Good luck. ...Read more

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What are the different types of surgical procedures for glaucoma patients?

What are the different types of surgical procedures for glaucoma patients?

Many/complex: Micro invasive glaucoma surgery (Migs) is gaining great popularity. These procedures reduce many of the risks associated with conventional trabeculectomy & aqueous drainage device surgery. Some include: iStent, Cypass, Hydrus, canaloplasty, Trabectome, ECP, aqeSys, Xen, Solx, stegman canal expander, etc. Many are available & some are still in clinical trials. ...Read more

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Is a glaucoma patient's age a factor in determining target pressure? I'm 58 yrs. Old.

Is a glaucoma patient's age a factor in determining target pressure? I'm 58 yrs. Old.

One answer: Age does play a role in determining target range for iop to a degree. If the likelihood of too high a target iop is to cause noticeable visual dysfunction for an aging adult, the the target should be set lower. As a person's life journey is near the end, remaining quality of life is an essential factor to consider. Too low a target may worsen their quality (too many meds, unnecessary surgery, etc) ...Read more

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How risky is surgery in a glaucoma patient and what is the success rate. That it will preserve vision?

How risky is surgery in a glaucoma patient and what is the success rate. That it will preserve vision?

Depends on the patie: How the patient heals, how many prior surgeries or difficult anatomy or co-existing issues, rate of scarring, compliance and persistence, disease response to therapy, etc. Goal is to preserve vision, can look at major trial success rates of lowering pressure. ...Read more

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How can smoking weed help glaucoma patients?

How can smoking weed help glaucoma patients?

Not exactly sure: It is actually known that hemp components of marijuana can actually lower eye pressure. However, these products are less effective than medicines prescribed by an eye doctor. The number of significant side effects generated by long-term oral use of marijuana or long-term inhalation of marijuana smoke make marijuana a poor choice in the treatment of glaucoma. ...Read more

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Eccimery laserfor miopia in glaucoma patient?

Eccimery laserfor miopia in glaucoma patient?

Not recommended: Laser refractive surgery is generally not recommended for patients with glaucoma but it depends on many factors: is it early glaucoma, is prk planned? There may be exceptions to the general rule. ...Read more

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If the patient have lost already some vision from glaucoma, what could you do?

Consistent follow-up: Vision loss from glaucoma is often subtle at first. But with significant damage, loss may rapidly worsen. Consistent, regular care is essential. The patient must use his medications and keep regular appointments for eye-pressure checks, visual field tests, and optic nerve exams. An ophthalmologist is best trained to offer the most appropriate treatments of drops, laser or surgery. ...Read more

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I'm a glaucoma patient - is there any new information that can be of help with me?

I'm a glaucoma patient - is there any new information that can be of help with me?

Newsletter: I recommend a useful & informative website that provides current & patient friendly information that is helpful for my patients living with glaucoma. I hope you will try it out. Www. Glaucoma. Org/news/gleams/
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In early glaucoma if there is no loss of visual function, can that mean that any loss in vision is not noticed by the patient in daily activities?

In early glaucoma if there is no loss of visual function, can that mean that any loss in vision is not noticed by the patient in daily activities?

Gradual adjustment: Open angle glaucoma is a wasting disease of the optic nerves, usually associated with elevated intraocular pressure. The earliest changes of glaucomatous optic neuropathy include altered color vision and reduced contrast sensitivity, which may not interfere with your activities of daily living in the same way visual field loss and visual acuity loss do. Reduce your eye pressure with medication. ...Read more

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Are visual field defects always present in glaucoma patients?

Are visual field defects always present in glaucoma patients?

No: The defects occur after the increase pressure in your eye causes permanent damage to your vision. Usually you lose the peripheral vision. When it is bad you feel like looking through a tunnel when your peripheral vision is gone. ...Read more

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Are visual field defects always present in patients with glaucoma?

Are visual field defects always present in patients with glaucoma?

Good question!: Glaucoma is a progressive optic neuropathy. What that means, is that it continues to get worse and cause more loss of vision. The visual field defects, once present, only continue to get worse. That is why the treatment is so important for holding on what you have. ...Read more

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Do people with normal tension glaucoma progress to vision loss sooner than regular tension patients.

Regular tension?: Do you mean those with regular (normal) tension and no glaucoma vs. Normal tension glaucoma. All glaucomas progress at variable rates depending upon age, severity and type of treatment. It is not possible to predict an individual case although predictions can be made when a case is followed for several years and the pattern is known for that case. ...Read more

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Optho: how to diagnosis glaucoma when pressure normal pressure and why do these patients take travatan?

Other testing: In addition to pressure measurements - which can be 'normal' in some cases, glaucoma is diagnosed by evaluating the damage caused to the optic nerve. This can be tested with visual field testing, optic nerve analysis using oct/hrt/gdx and serial stereo photographs.
If damage is occurring, pressure lowering is the treatment. Travatan is a pressure lowering drop. ...Read more

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What is the difference between aggressive treatment and nonaggressive treatment for a younger glaucoma patient?

Depends: It depends on many factors: the type of glaucoma, the age of the patient, the status of the optic nerve and fellow eye, and the end intraocular pressure goal. ...Read more

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What allergy medicine can glaucoma patients use.

What allergy medicine can glaucoma patients use.

All if open angle: Ppatients with open angle glaucoma can use all allergy medication.

Allergy medications can rarely precipitate angle closure in patients with narrow or occludable angles.

Ask you ophthalmologist whether you have open angles. ...Read more

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Glaucoma treatments for young patients (18 years old)?

Glaucoma treatments for young patients (18 years old)?

See ophthalmologist: Glaucoma can effect your vision. Glaucoma in 18 years young patient should be treated as soon as possible, you should go to E.R.to consult eye doctor and get treatment. ...Read more

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Can glaucoma patient use l-arginine supplementation?

Can glaucoma patient use l-arginine supplementation?

Uncertain benefit: I found this from the Cleveland clinic: "Arginine is made by the body, supplementation is sometimes required. Arginine is a precursor of nitric oxide, which causes vasodilation (blood vessel relaxation). Laboratory evidence suggests that arginine may be useful in the treatment of medical conditions that are improved by vasodilation, including glaucoma." You should also discuss this with your MD. ...Read more

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What is the safest anti anxiety medicine for glaucoma patient?

What is the safest anti anxiety medicine for glaucoma patient?

None are safest: The standard treatment of an anxiety d/o is the triad of temporary Benzodiazepine use, intermediate antidepressant use and talk therapy (like CBT). SSRIs are not contraindicated in glaucoma but there is an elevated risk, so they're best avoided. As for Benzo use, they're not a good idea long term or without the other two parts of the treatment. That leaves us with CBT and lifestyle adjustments. ...Read more

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So is 9mmhg a normal intraocular pressure for a glaucoma patient?

Terrific: The goal of treatment in glaucoma is to get the pressure to a level lower than that which will cause eye damage. In almost all cases, achieving a pressure level of 9 would be considered terrific and vision saving. Normal is a range but with the same issue - preserving vision. ...Read more

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I heard that target eye pressure for most glaucoma patients should be 14 - 15. Is that true?

Some variation: Normal eye pressure range is 10-21. Glaucoma is when eye pressure exceeds eye resistance to that pressure and varies with the individual case. 14-15 is generally a good target for most cases but some require a lower pressure and some can tolerate higher pressures. Your optimum can be decided with the help of your ophthalmologist. ...Read more

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If treatments for glaucoma prevent substantial visual field loss, in 85% of patients, what happens to the remaining 15%?

If treatments for glaucoma prevent substantial visual field loss, in 85% of patients, what happens to the remaining 15%?

Visual field: The remaining 15% have some degree of visual field loss. All the way from minimally noticing the loss with routine daily activities to complete blindness (less than 1%). ...Read more

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I am glaucoma patient I am seeing only one eye that is also 25 present visible?

I am glaucoma patient I am seeing only one eye that is also 25 present visible?

Clarify: It seems like you have lost 75% of your vision in one eye - is this correct. Glaucoma is best managed by an M.D. Ophthalmologist - preferably a specialist in glaucoma. This is too complex a disease to be handled by optometrists. Please restate the question if this answer misses the point of your question. ...Read more

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Can slt laser treatment be used repeatedly and effectively on a glaucoma patient?

Yes: Slt can be repeated however subsequent treatments may not be as efficacious. Some glaucoma patients may need to have their pressure reduced greater than slt can provide alone. Medication or filtering surgery may be necessary in some glaucoma patients. ...Read more

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Is zyprexa (olanzapine) save for open angle glaucoma patient.

Is zyprexa (olanzapine) save for open angle glaucoma patient.

Should be: Zyprexa (olanzapine) should be safe in a patient with open angle glaucoma. It is contraindicated in narrow angle glaucoma because it can precipitate an acute angle closure crisis. ...Read more

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Does glaucoma patient take Mucinex (guaifenesin) dm for a cold?

Mucinex (guaifenesin) has: Pseudo Ephedrine in it which can cause a narrow angle glaucoma episode. If the type a glaucoma is not narrow angle then Mucinex (guaifenesin) is ok to use. ...Read more