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What are some precautions to be taken for glaucoma?

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 more

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Dr. Robert Chang
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Glaucoma (Definition)

Glaucoma refers to a group of eye conditions that lead to damage to the optic nerve, the nerve that carries visual information from the eye to the brain. In many cases, damage to the optic nerve is due to increased pressure in the eye, also known ...Read more


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Can you please tell me the precautions to be taken for glaucoma?

Can you please tell me the precautions to be taken for glaucoma?

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 more

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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 more

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I have taken OCTscan for confirming my glaucoma? How reliable it is?

I have taken OCTscan for confirming my glaucoma? How reliable it is?

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 more

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Why do the drops for glaucoma have to be taken at night?

Why do the drops for glaucoma have to be taken at night?

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 more

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What are the necessary steps taken for the early stages of glaucoma?

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 more

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Is glaucoma painful?

Is glaucoma painful?

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 more

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Can glaucoma be treated?

Yes: Observation, topical drops or other medications, laser, minimally invasive or conventional surgery: depending on side effects, stage of disease/current vision, health status, rate of progression, and eye pressure. ...Read more

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How is glaucoma detected?

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 more

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