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What Are The Treatments For Completely Damaged Optic Nerve Due To Glaucoma
The brain and spinal cord communicates with what is occurring in the internal organs and limbs by nerve fibers where are like electrical wires with insulation (myelin) and the "copper" (axon). Within brain and spinal cord these nerves connect to other nerves via synapses on both axons and dendrites. A nerve can carry information regarding sensations, and ...Read more
Slowly over time: Typically open angle glaucoma causes loss of ganglion cells with progressive thinning of the retinal nerve fiber layer faster than age-related loss slowly over time (thus generally asymptomatic), eventually leading to an enlarged optic nerve cup seen on eye exam. The optic nerve appears pale with loss of tissue and remodeled laminar changes. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
There is a procedure for opening the duct to relieve pressure to the optic nerve. Is it for glaucoma?
Yes: If the aqueous humor flow is disturbed, usually by some degree of obstruction of the drains inside the eye. then the pressure elevates. This can cause compromise to the nerves and blood vessels at the optic nerve, with loss of vision if not treated. So glaucoma is a disease of the aqueous flow which affects the vision through the optic nerve. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
No repair: Unfortunately, vision loss due to damage to the optic nerve from glaucoma is not considered reversible. This is part of the reason that screening for glaucoma is an important public health issue -- treatment to prevent or decrease progression is well established, but there is not treatment to reverse vision loss from glaucoma. ...Read moreSee 2 more doctor answers
Glaucoma: Glaucoma is a condition where the optic nerve can not withstand the pressure within the eye. If it is determined that you have optic nerve damage and it is due to pressure, then you have glaucoma. You need to treat (or lower the pressure) to a point where no more damage occurs to prevent further damage and vision loss. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
No loss of function : Minimal optic nerve damage seen in early glaucoma is a structural change with or without visual field loss, depending on how the nerve is structurally changed. A visual field defect therefore isn't necessary to have in early glaucoma. Minimal nerve damage may show up as asymmetry, cup elongation, nerve fiber layer thinning, focal notching or excavation, vessel deformation, and other. ...Read more
Not necessarily...: Glaucoma is the 'sneak thief of sight' and usually causes damage that occurs gradually but permanently. It's important that people at risk come in for regular exams so it can be diagnosed, and the damage 'nipped in the bud'. There can be some nerve damage incurred by the time glaucoma is caught relatively early, but the good news is the patient won't likely notice that their vision is affected. ...Read moreSee 2 more doctor answers
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