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What Is Glaucoma Of The Eye
Inherited tumor: This is a tumor of the photoreceptive cells present at birth or soon afterwards. It is malignant, serious and needs immediate attention. While many are in families, some can be a new mutation or a non-in herited, non-germ line mutation. All need serious treatment along with genetic counseling. ...Read more
Redness from lid: Bacteria & mites often live on eyelashes & lids (bleph): when these normal (or rarely abnormal) bugs clog glands of eyelashes or cause irritation of lids, they can cause redness & irritation of eye conjunctiva, leading to conjunctivitis. More info & how to treat: [email protected] ...Read more
Crystalline lens: Your eye is a complicated organ system. Inside the front of the eye there is a fluid chamber between the cornea and the colored part of your eye, called the iris. In the center of the iris there is an opening called the pupil and behind that another chamber between the iris and the crystalline lens. The lens is a disc shaped living tissue composed of regularly arranged collagen with a capsule. ...Read moreSee 2 more doctor answers
Aging, mostly: Most of the time floaters appear as a natural consequence of getting older, like seeing the first wrinkle in your forehead. If, however you see floaters that weren't there before, or if you have flashes of light in the periphery of your vision, it's best to get checked out asap by an eye md (ophthalmologist) to rule out retinal tears, which can lead to (vision-threatening) retinal detachments. ...Read moreSee 2 more doctor answers
Cataract surgery: When a cataract is removed from the eye, an artificial lens, also known as an intraocular lens is put in to replace the focusing power. This device is also known as a pseudophake (false lens) as it is not the natural lens. So an eye after cataract surgery is said in some cases to contain a pseudophake. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Floaters cause: Floaters arise when the vitreous gel inside the eye liquefies naturally with age and sometimes earlier in life due to trauma, inflammation, or even high myopia. The floaters may consist of protein precipitates. Though the vitreous gel inside the eye is clear, it is composed of a complex matrix of collagen proteins that undergo changes. New floaters should be examined under dilation. ...Read moreSee 2 more doctor answers
Retina thinning: There are two types. Lattice dystrophy of the cornea is an uncommon cause of cornea clouding. Lattice degeneration of the retina are areas of thinning in the peripheral retina. Usually they don't cause any problems. They can however be thin enough to tear and cause a retinal detachment. If you have new floaters or flashes of light in your peripheral vision, see an ophthalmologist right away. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Reflex: There is an internal rhythm which signals blinking spontaneously. It is modified by the osmolarity of the tears and the exposure of the receptors on the cornea so that there is stimulus to blink more often if these are activated. The blink spreads the tears over the living tissue on the front of the eye to keep it healthy and optically clear. ...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
Eyeball feature: This is a yellowish patch of cells occasionally seen on the surface conjunctiva of the eyeball.More often on the nasal side, if present it is usually at the corneal/scleral junction. It is of little if any significance and is more often found in older people. ...Read more
Not enough info here: It depends on what you mean by "drooping eyes"...What part droops? When did it start? Does it effect vision? Are there other medical issues/problems? Much more info is needed before diagnosis or treatment recommendation could even be attempted. I would strongly recommend starting with a visit to your family doc for a good history and physical exam.. ...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
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
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
Pressure atrophy: One theory is that pressure too high for the back of the eye to withstand causes constriction of the blood flow with atrophy of the tissue (nerve fiber) supplied by that blood stream. They then atrophy and this is the basis for the thinning. Lowering the pressure below that threshold for damage prevents further blood vessel constriction and allows the remaining nerve fibers to stay healthy. ...Read more
No: Glaucoma is a number of disease states where the pressure in the eye damages the optic nerve damaging vision, meniere's disease is an abnormality in the otolith (fluid system of the inner ear). Tis is not related to abnormal pressures as is found in glaucoma. ...Read moreSee 2 more doctor answers
I heard that some glaucoma medicines can change the eye color. Can someone who is healthy take it?
Take if needed: There is a class of anti-glaucoma drugs which can turn hazel and light brown eyes into a darker color. This has no interaction with the effectveness of the drug to lower eye pressure. If you need the drug to protect your eye for elevated pressure, then don't worry about the color. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
I cannot really understand what happens to the eye in the case of glaucoma. But how's your vision with it?
Not usually: Glaucoma is often silent as you are not able to tell when there is slight damage to the visual field. Furthermore, when eye pressure is an issue, high pressure in the eye, up to about 30, can feel totally normal. No pain, no visual symptoms, or external signs may be present. Only in the late stages does the field constrict to become symptomatic. Prevention is always better so best to get exam. ...Read more
Is there a green smoothie that is good for eye health ? I have glaucoma and hoping to prolong the condition .
Yes: Green leafy vegetables like spinach, kale and collards are excellent ingredients to add to a smoothie. Oranges or other citrus too. Adding omega 3 in the form of flax seeds or chia seeds have beneficial effects for eye health. Glaucoma is best controlled under the care of your ophthalmologist and being compliant with your drops. ...Read more
Eye fluid imbalance: Glaucoma is caused by damage to the optic nerve due to increased pressure in the eye. The increased pressure can be due to increased fluid production or decreased drainage. Sometimes the reason for the increased pressure is not known. People over the age of 40, with diabetes, eye injury or eye surgery are at increased risk of glaucoma. Glaucoma is also more common among african americans. ...Read moreSee 2 more doctor answers
If somebody punched you in the eye or you got hit with a brick in the eye. Could that cause glaucoma?
Sometimes: Especially if there is bleeding inside the eye (hyphema), there can be a tear is the aqueous humor drains which can then scar and cause the pressure to elevate inside the eye, leading to glaucoma. This kind of trauma requires regular follow up with an ophthalmologist (not an optometrist). ...Read more
Maybe a little: Altitude can cause changes in eye pressure, but most commercial airplanes are pressurized to less than 8000 feet and private planes generally don't go high enough to make a difference. Whatever the case, the duration of most flights is so short that it shouldn't make a difference. Glaucoma damage takes years to develop and a short spell of elevated pressure is not worrisome! ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Goldman tonometer : I have owed 3 different air puff tonometer sand I find them only adequate for screening purposes. The accuracy and precision of the instrument is inadequate to manage a glaucoma patient. There are other measuring devices such as the tonopen and the icare tonometer which are better but the Goldman is considered the gold standard. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Diagnosed w/stigmatism & possible glaucoma. recently got hit in the eye hard, seeing flashes of light ,slight pain when blink, geting wrs will it pass?
Eye trauma: You need an urgent retinal examinationGet a more detailed answer ›
Can reducing the reservoir size for catching the drain from a shunt in the eye for glaucoma help cause back pressure?
Yes: The most common shunts are the ahmed and baerveldt implants. They come in different sizes which are designed to fit larger or smaller eyes and to a lesser extent, regulate the outflow pressures. The pressure is more dependent however on the status of the overlying conjunctival filter. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
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