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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 moreSee 1 more doctor answer
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 moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Why are glaucoma meds frequently referenced in precautions when the physician prescribes other non related prescriptions?
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 moreSee 1 more doctor answer
OCT of the : optic nerve helps with the diagnosis but it does not proveit on its own. Many factors are taken into account before confirming the diagnosis including optic nerve appearance, eye pressure, visual field test etc. If glaucoma is confirmed, OCTs are reliable for following the progression up until the more severe stages of glaucoma. Good luck. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
They don't: Prostaglandin inhibitors ; latanoprost, travatan z and Lumigan are most often given at night because they can cause some ocular surface irritation. This is noticed less while sleeping. They can be taken in the morning . A gel forming drop such as timolol gf should be taken before sleep since it can blur your vision. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Early glaucoma: In early stage glaucoma, baseline testing is done with visual field and sometimes nerve fiber layer scanning. The cup to disc ratio of the optic nerve is noted. Treatment by SLT laser or eye drops attempts to lower the eye pressure about 25%. Patients are checked 3 to 4 times per year. Each year, the testing is repeated. If worse, then treatment must be more aggressive.If not worse, you are OK. ...Read moreSee 2 more doctor answers
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 moreSee 2 more doctor answers
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 moreSee 1 more doctor answer
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