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Types Of Glucoma
Many types: Typically the types are divided into "causes" or the "drain status" thus primary glaucoma vs. Secondary glaucoma (caused by something that is affecting the drain of the eye) or open angle vs. Closed angle glaucoma basically glaucoma can happen at various pressures that is damaging to the individual patient, so there is no pressure cutoff. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
If you watch TV at night in a dark room, even with a soft backlight, does it increase your risk of the acute type of glaucoma due to a wider iris?
Any type can, but: Typically a narrow-angle/angle-closure types cause rapid visual loss. This type of glaucoma is symptomatic (eye pain, blurriness, nausea), although by the time the symptoms arise it's often too late. Patients with open-angle glaucoma and low/normal tension glaucoma often experience what *seems* like rapid visual loss, when in reality the 'blind spots' have slowly crept into the central vision. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
They all do: The purpose of glaucoma surgery is to lower intraocular pressure when medical &/or laser treatment insufficiently does it to protect the optic nerve. There are many different types of surgeries which differ in there indication. Your glaucoma Subspecialist is a skilled ophthalmologist that evaluates the glaucomatous process and prescribes the best surgical approach for managing the disease. ...Read moreSee 2 more doctor answers
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 moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Glaucoma types: Most glaucoma is open angle - the fluid drainage space in the front is wide and the drains within it are obstructed leading to increased pressure over time. Narrow angle, mostly in hyperopes (those with eyeglass lenses that act as magnifiers), can in older folks (over 50 or so), quickly within hours mechancially block fluid flow causing an acute glaucoma attack. This is an emergency! ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer