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What is glaucoma?

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 more

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Dr. Robert Chang
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Glaucoma (Definition)

A condition that causes damage to your eye's optic nerve and gets worse over time. It's often linked to a buildup of pressure inside your eye. Without treatment, glaucoma can cause total permanent blindness ...Read more


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What is glaucoma?

What is glaucoma?

Glaucoma: Glaucoma is a family of conditions that cause withering of the optic nerve and corresponding defects in the visual field. It may or may not be associated with increased eye pressure. ...Read more

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What is glaucoma?

What is glaucoma?

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

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What is retinopathy?

What is retinopathy?

See below: Retinopathy is a disease of the retina (pathology of the retina), there are many many causes, and thus treatments and prognosis depends on the type of retinopathy you are talking about. ...Read more

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What is papilledema?

What is papilledema?

Papilledema : Papilledema is swelling of the optic nerves due to high spinal fluid pressure in the brain. ...Read more

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What is papilledema?

What is papilledema?

Papilledema is: a swollen optic nerve head. The term papilledema should be reserved for optic disc swelling that is due to raised intracranial pressure such as brain tumor or head trauma) ...Read more

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What is nearsightedness?

What is nearsightedness?

Nearsighted: A person is nearsighted when light is focused in front of the retina, thus making far away images fuzzy. This can be corrected with glasses, contact lenses, or surgery. Many people are born slightly farsighted and become more nearsighted as they get older. ...Read more

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What is iridocyclitis?

Eye inflammation: Iridocyclitis is an inflammation of the inner tissues of the eye (uvea) which causes intense pain, photophobia, red eye, blurred vision, and possibly headache. It may be related to underlying systemic conditions like collagen vascular diseases, but may also be sporadic. The cyclitis part involves inflammation of the ciliary body which usually lowers eye pressure. Evaluation & treatment mandatory! ...Read more

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What is cancerretinoblastoma?

What is cancerretinoblastoma?

Retinoblastoma: This is a cancer of the retinal cells which starts in late fetal life up to a year or so after birth. It is inherited in many cases, can be treated if detected early enough, and should be evaluated as soon as possible by a pediatric ophthalmologist. ...Read more

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What is longsightedness?

What is longsightedness?

Farsightedness: Is when you see better far away than you do close up. Corrected easily with glasses or contacts. ...Read more

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What is farsightedness?

What is farsightedness?

Unclear close vision: Farsightedness refers to blurring of near vision, with distant vision relatively preserved. It is a common type of age-related vision change, sometimes known as "presbyopia". ...Read more

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What is "keratoacanthoma"?

What is "keratoacanthoma"?

A skin cancer...: Most dermatopathologists consider keratoacanthoma a variant of squamous cell carcinoma and therefore they are usually fully excised (removed surgically). However, technically and historically the term refers to a specific skin tumor that has a high potential to spontaneously go away on its own. Not all will, so we usually don't wait to remove in the event they don't involute on their own. ...Read more

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What is glomtermirisrtis?

What is glomtermirisrtis?

Glomerulonephritis?: Glomerulonephritis is an inflammation of the glomeruli in the kidney. The list of potential causes is very long. ...Read more

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What is keratomalacia?

What is keratomalacia?

Keratomalacia: Keratomalacia is a non-specific term for thinning of the cornea. If you have this, you need close followup with your eye doctor. ...Read more

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What is retinoblastoma?

What is retinoblastoma?

Child eye cancer: Retinoblastoma is a malignant tumor of the retina which is seen in children. It currently has one of the highest cure rates of all childhood cancers 95-98%. It used to be treated by removal of the affected eye or radiation, but now more advanced eye sparing techniques are successful. ...Read more

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What is retinoblastoma?

What is retinoblastoma?

Tumor: Retinblastoma is an intraocular tumor that usually affects children from birth through the early teens. It is usually treated successfully, but often requires removal of the affected eye. Rarely it is bilateral. It is iften dianosed when the pupil changes from a dark to whitish color, or when the red reflex in flash pictures is missing in one eye. ...Read more

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What is photoptarmosis?

What is photoptarmosis?

Great question!: Where did you hear this word? I am glad you asked, because I had not heard of this term before although the phenomenon is pretty common. It is a syndrome of sneezing caused by unusual stimuli, like looking at bright lights like the sun, in fact, it is also caused "sun sneezing." See more about it here: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Photic_sneeze_reflex ...Read more

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What is hyperteleorism?

What is hyperteleorism?

Eyes set far apart: It's simply a name we give it. If it's not extreme, it's usually just you. Sometimes it's part of a recognizable pattern of a birth defect and help the team find what it is. ...Read more

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What is uveitis?

What is uveitis?

Uveitis: Uveitis is a usually sterile inflammation inside the eye, sort of like arthritis of the inside of the eye. Inflammatory cells are released, the eyes can get very red and light sensitive and frequently can be very painful. Some are associated with systemic diseases, but most are in the eye only. They can be very serious and cause significant visual loss and glaucoma. Always see an ophthalmologis. ...Read more

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