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What Is Glaucoma
Impaired eye fluid: Glaucoma is a condition in the inside of the eye, in which the fluid (aqueous humor) cannot get out at a low enough pressure to prevent the pressure from causing loss of the nerves and blood vessels at the back of the eye which causes vision to be lost. Measured will be eye pressure, corneal thickness, visual field, and disc structure. These are all part of the diagnosis. ...Read moreSee 2 more doctor answers
Eye pressure problem: Glaucoma is an eye disorder that damages the eye’s optic nerve, which is the main nerve attached to the back of the eyeball. It usually happens when fluid builds up in the eyeball and increases the pressure inside the eye, thus damaging the optic nerve. Glaucoma is a cause of blindness for people over age 60. Blindness from glaucoma usually can be prevented with medical care. ...Read more
Optic nerve disease: Glaucoma as defined by The American Academy of Ophthalmology is “a group of diseases with certain features including an intraocular pressure that is too high for the continued health of the eye.” It is very serious and is often free of symptoms until late in the disease. There tends to be a familial tendency and is more common in African Americans & the elderly. ...Read moreSee 3 more doctor answers
See below: Glaucoma refers to a group of eye conditions that lead to damage to the optic nerve. This nerve carries visual information from the eye to the brain a glioma is a type of tumor that starts in the brain or spine. It is called a glioma because it arises from glial cells. The most common site of gliomas is the brain. Gliomas make up ~30% of all brain and central nervous system tumors. ...Read moreSee 2 more doctor answers
Many: The goal in glaucoma treatment is to get the internal eye pressure lower than the level causing risk to vision. Most cases can be assisted with pressure lowering eyedrops to which can be added laser treatment if needed. Advanced or unresponsive cases may need surgery. There are many options; your ophthalmologist can assist you with the best course of action. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Over 100 types: There are many types of glaucoma and not all have elevated pressure. Glaucoma is nerve damage in the eye that can cause permanent vision loss. Open angle and narrow angle are the most common types of the disease. Glaucoma is treatable and if found in early stages, vision loss can be prevented. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Many: There are many kinds of glaucoma. In the most common kind, primary open-angle glaucoma, the cause is not known. ...Read more
Many: Primary causes vs. Secondary causes. Genetic predisposition. Anything that damages the eye so that the level of eye pressure is harmful to the optic nerve and causes loss of retinal ganglion cells. The eye drain could be damaged, ocular perfusion could be affected, etc. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Varies: Costs for glaucoma surgeries will vary from region to region and health insurance that you have or don't have. Laser surgeries tend to be at the low end of the cost ($300-$1200, Medicare to private) up to many thousands( $1000-$3000, and higher). The costs may add up significantly if other procedures are concurrently performed, hospital vs. ambulatory surgery centers, private vs. managed care, etc ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Diagnosis : Glaucoma is when the eye pressure leads to progressive nerve damage over time. If untreated, it leads to irreversible vision loss and blindness. Cataract is when the lens inside the eye becomes cloudy and affects vision adversely. It is treatable by surgery and completely reversible. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
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
Optic nerve damage: Glaucoma is a type of optic nerve damage characterized by cupping of the optic nerve and often has peripheral vision changes earliy in its course. Risk dactors inckude high eye pressure, increasing age, african american race, and positive family history. Lowering eye can slow/stop the disease. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Diabetic retinopathy: Diabetic retinopathy is the number one reason people age 25-65 loose vision in the usa. Glaucoma is the number one reason in african americans in the us. Age related macular degeneration is the number one reason people over age 65 go blind in the U.S. In the world, the number one reason for blindness is cataracts, not a problem in the u.S since it is the most frequently performed surgery. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Great question : We know high IOP is the biggest risk factor, but other than that, genetics, aging, certain ethnicity (African American, Latino, Asian), thin corneas, high myopia, migraine, raynauds, systemic hyper- or hypotension, diabetes, chronic corticosteroids, eye injury, inflammation, & probably many more (yet to be determined) factors. Early detection w/ a comprehensive eye examination beginning under 40. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
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