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What is the best treatment for a progressive vision loss?

What is the best treatment for  a progressive vision loss?

Eye MD: The best thing you could do is to see an ophthalmologist to determine what is happening to your vision and what to do about it. ...Read more

Dr. Damien Luviano
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Blindness (Definition)

Vision impairment and blindness are conditions in which a person cannot see well or see at all, even with glasses or contact lenses. If a person's best vision (with correction) out of either eye is only 20/70 - 20/200, he is impaired. If he can see no better than 20/200 or his visual field is no more than 20 degrees (severe "tunnel" vision), ...Read more


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Can you tell me the leading causes of loss of vision. List as many as possible not just 1 answer. Can it be curable without laser treatment?

Can you tell me the leading causes of loss of vision. List as many as possible not just 1 answer. Can it be curable without laser treatment?

Two categories: 1) permanent loss: inherited disease, birth defects, severe injury, advanced diabetic disease, retinal vascular occlusion brain stroke, macular degeneration--and others 2) correctable loss: glaucoma, cataracts, vitamin deficiencies, surface infection, corneal opacities, multiple sclerosis, early diabetic changes -- and others. There are many paths to correction or cure; laser also. ...Read more

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Recently diagnosed with glaucoma. No peripheral vision loss. 30% optic nerve damage. With treatment will nerve damage cause loss of vision?

Recently diagnosed with glaucoma. No peripheral vision loss. 30% optic nerve damage. With treatment will nerve damage cause loss of vision?

Probably not: Glaucoma is readily treated with anti-pressure medication which should prevent any further damage in almost all cases. This is handled by ophthalmologists (you are not seeing an optometrist i hope?) who deal with this daily. There is a step ladder of treatments -- medication, laser, surgery to prevent further damage which can be quite effective. ...Read more

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I'm 58 recently diagnosed w/glaucoma & beginnings of peripheral vision loss. Please explain what aggressive treatment would mean for me?

I'm 58 recently diagnosed w/glaucoma & beginnings of peripheral vision loss. Please explain what aggressive treatment would mean for me?

Treatment: Of glaucoma is individualized. For each, a target pressure is set depending on the untreated pressure (usually 30% lower). Then the ophthalmologist adds treatment until this is reached. More aggressive treatment means setting a lower goal and closer follow up. ...Read more

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With treatment can a 58 year old with 30 percent optic nerve damage avoid significant vision loss in their lifetime?

With treatment can a 58 year old with 30 percent optic nerve damage avoid significant vision loss in their lifetime?

Depends on the cause: If your vision loss is from compression of the nerve from a tumor it is best to get it treated asap to prevent further loss. Optic nerve damage may not improve if the damage is severe. ...Read more

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Can laser photocoagulation be used to treat macular degeneration? I was recently diagnosed with the "dry" form of macular degeneration. Is having laser photocoagulation a treatment option available to me, and would this prevent further vision loss? .

Can laser photocoagulation be used to treat macular degeneration? I was recently diagnosed with the "dry" form of macular degeneration. Is having laser photocoagulation a treatment option available to me, and would this prevent further vision loss?

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Laser no help: Laser for dry macular degeneration has been studied well. Laser to the macula of dry amd patients makes drusen go away, so it looks better on exam. The laser does not change whether or not there is vision loss. Vitamin supplementation is the only proven preventive therapy, and reduces the risk of vision loss by about 25%. The vitamin formula now recommended is called areds 2 formula. ...Read more

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Glaucoma 30% nerve damage with some peripheral vision loss. Have started treatment. Dr said at 50% damage i would notice vision loss. Sound right?

Not likely: In my experience, patients with glaucoma rarely notice the loss of vision until it is far advanced. Also there is no reliable way to estimate the percentage loss of nerve. We generally judge the extent of disease with the peripheral vision test as mild, moderate or severe. ...Read more

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Dr says glaucoma caught early w/30% nerve damage & some peripheral vision loss. Said w/out treatment could've been blind in 7 yrs. Can go that fast?

Depends: It depends on many factors, but the general rule of thumb is that it the higher the pressure, the faster vision loss can occur. The goal of glaucoma treatment is to lower the pressure to the point that vision loss does not progress or slows to the point that you will never go blind during your lifetime. ...Read more

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Dr. Richard Bensinger
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Vision (Definition)

Vision is a feature of a person's brain that allows him to see. He must have normal eyes, optic nerves (that stretch from the eyes to the back of his brain), and visual cortex (the vision center in the brain), in order to see properly. An ophthalmologist is a ...Read more


Dr. Tim Conrad
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Vision Loss (Definition)

Vision loss is where a person becomes unable to see to the extent that they were previously able. This can include a total loss of vision, a loss of visual acuity, or a loss of part ...Read more