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Treatment Of Open Angle Glaucoma
Yes: The latest surgical treatment approved for open angle glaucoma and cataract is called istent. In this procedure, the surgeon inserts a tiny stent inside the eye to bypass a portion of the eye's natural drainage system. New drugs for glaucoma are close to approval, but not available yet. ...Read more
Why?: There are always many options available to treat diseases. Trust your ophthalmologist to tailor your treatment to you. ...Read more
Why is it that in some patients w/open angle glaucoma, the treatments aren't successful in slowing nerve damage and preventing substantial field loss?
Frustrating: Some individuals just don't quite respond well enough to conventional treatment strategies. This implies that the iop-reduction philosophy is not always the only factor beneficial to stabilizing the disease. Other factors may be genetic, blood flow, pressure-perfusion imbalances. This is when off label approaches may be attempted: ca2+ channel blockers, statins, ginkgo, limit activity that inc iop. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Stabilizable: Unfortunately, we don't have a surgical/medical cure for glaucoma. The current treatments are very effective and provide a tremendous stabilizing influence on glaucomatous disease. Glaucoma requires chronic and diligent life long care to assure that visual function remains as high as possible throughout life. I remain optimistic about medical/surgical research on better treatment strategies. ...Read moreSee 2 more doctor answers
How can I cure primary open angle glaucoma naturally by exercise or alternative safety ways please ?
Not possible: There are no natural products, no natural treatment , no exercises etc. that will modify glaucoma in any way. There is effective pharmacologic and surgical treatment and you should follow the advice of your ophthalmologist for the preservation of your important vision. Naturopaths and chiropractors have no role to play at all in this condition. ...Read more
How effective is argon laser trabeculoplasty as a glaucoma treatment? I have primary open-angle glaucoma and my doctor has recommended argon laser trabeculoplasty surgery. Is this an effective glaucoma treatment? Are there any serious risks or side effect
Optic nerve damage: Open angle glaucoma is a group of disorders in which there is characteristic and progressive damage to the optic nerve. This results in loss of peripheral vision and can cause blindness. Glaucoma has numerous causes, some of which are genetic and not all of which are fully understood. While having family members with glaucoma increases your risk of getting glaucoma, it does not guarantee it. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Unlikely: It is unknown if it would stop it permanently, but probably not. What is known is that surgeries can very adequately control the damaging pressures and thereby presumably reduce or slow progression, which is a critical component to prevent permanent vision loss including blindness from poorly controlled glaucoma. ...Read moreSee 2 more doctor answers
What is reduced contrast sensitivity in vision & at what stage in open angle glaucoma can it occur?
Ability to disting-: Uish an image or object from its surrounding space is the contrast sensitivity. It is typically not measured in routine exam. Contrast sensitivity is affected by type of correction. There is a loss of contrast sensitivity at all stages of glaucoma. Some feel that the earliest loss occurs in the blue yellow spectrum. Multifocal lenses can also result in loss of contrast sensitivity. ...Read more
Early stage open angle glaucoma, on average how long does drop stabilize the disease before 2nd drop needed to control the pressure?
Time is of essence: This is a great question with a variety of meaningful responses. Clinicians may vary a bit on target iop range but the real goal is to preserve visual function as best as possible. An iop target range is initially set to be about 25-30% lower than presentation iop, a pressure that was causing optic nerve damage. Visual fields, oct, iop, and optic nerve exams aid in deciding on another med. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer