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What Is Glaucoma Of The Eye
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
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