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

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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What are the steps to takes when someone has glaucoma?

What are the steps to takes when someone has glaucoma?

Good question?: Your eye care is very important. Go to the eye doctor and have an exam. They will measure your eye pressure if to high you will be prescribed special drops to keep the pressure down. If pressure is elevated but not dangerously high you will just be monitored so keep all your appointments ...Read more

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In glaucoma 20% optic nerve damage with minimal peripheral vision loss. How much loss would it take to not see coffee tables & steps?

In glaucoma 20% optic nerve damage with minimal peripheral vision loss. How much loss would it take to not see coffee tables & steps?

Depends: As a general rule, the eye has an amazing ability to see, even with severe nerve losss. Everyone has a natural blind spot in each eye (where the optic nerve exits the eye and goes the brain) and yet, even with one eye closed, it is hard to appreciate the blind spot. Typically, patients will have end-stage glaucoma before they start having glaucoma-related vision loss. ...Read more

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How do you define early glaucoma?

How do you define early glaucoma?

Extent of damage: Glaucoma is a disease where the optic nerve is damaged. Early glaucoma would indicate that the optic nerve has sustained minimal damage. ...Read more

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If I have an early glaucoma, does this affect my vision by time?

If I have an early glaucoma, does this affect my vision by time?

Possibly: Glaucoma can be vision threatening if poorly treated or undetected. The goal of therapy is to get the internal pressure into a safe range so that the vision is not affected. In most cases the vision will be preserved. It is a bit of a difficult motivation task as the use of eyedrops for glaucoma does not produce an immediate benefit (like a pain reliever would) so treatment is for the long term. ...Read more

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How can I prevent and detect early glaucoma?

No prevention: Is known for glaucoma. If you are concerned about glaucoma, then see an ophthalmologist (eye md) annually for a complete examination. We can detect glaucoma before any vision is lost. ...Read more

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What are the early signs of glaucoma?

Several: Early glaucoma has no symptoms. Signs are what the doctor detects and include in this condition: elevated eye pressure, thin corneas, enlarged discs and changes in the field of vision. ...Read more

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I was wondering what are early signs of glaucoma?

I was wondering what are early signs of glaucoma?

Usually none: "The (silent) thief of sight" is aptly applied to the most common form of glaucoma called open angle. There is no early warning sign or pain to give you concern. A family history of the disease, as well as high intraocular pressure, African or Hispanic ethnicity, steroid use, eye injury, thin cornea, high myopia, hypertension are important risk factors. A dilated exam is essential for diagnosis. ...Read more

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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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Glaucoma caught early mild stage & pressure lower 28 to 12 but after 24 mos.progressed at higher than average rate, now moderate. Why if caught early?

Glaucoma caught early mild stage & pressure  lower 28 to 12 but after 24 mos.progressed at higher than average rate, now moderate. Why if caught early?

Glaucoma: progression can be due to multiple factors: previous nerve damage still affected by better eye pressures (but may still need to be lower), genetics, external risks (is poor nutrition, smoking, etc). Frequent HRT, HVF help determine if true progression or false positive. ...Read more

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