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What lifestyle changes can be made to keep eye pressure down in glaucoma victims?

What lifestyle changes can be made to keep eye pressure down in glaucoma victims?

Some choices: Do not overdrink liquids this can elevate eye pressure in extremes. Doing upside down exercizes can increase eye pressure just by adding the hydrostatic pressure of the blood column. One should treat sleep apnea if that is a problem. If blood pressure is high lowering should be done carefully in glaucoma prone patients as rapid lowering can cause damage to the nerve. ...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 lifestyle changes can be made to help keep eye pressure down in glaucoma?

What lifestyle changes can be made to help keep eye pressure down in glaucoma?

Exercise: Patients with open-angle glaucoma who exercise at least 3 times a week may be reduce their intraocular pressure by an average of 20%. Also, decreasing caffeine may help. ...Read more

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How best can glaucoma be managed, in addition to eye drop treatment to bring down ocular pressure?

Complicated issue: But the ways to bring down pressure involve medication (drops), rarely pills, and surgery (including laser procedures). ...Read more

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Does eye pressure in glaucoma usually need to be lower than the target pressure in order to prevent damage?

Does eye pressure in glaucoma usually need to be lower than the target pressure in order to prevent damage?

Not necessarily: Usually shoot low because pressure fluctuates during day, so it helps keep it in "good" range all day. Also no benefit to high-normal pressures. ...Read more

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What is the best way to deal with inner ear and sinus issues adjusting to changes in pressure when sky diving?

Valsalva : I was a military static line parachutist (not a sky diver) and never experienced this type of symptom. However if you are ever in a pinch either underwater or in the sky - you can use the thumb and the next finger to do a valsalva maneuver to equalize pressure. However, if you are too congested it may not work. ...Read more

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Hi, i'd like to know if bad sinus pressure and headaches can lead to a high iop reading for your eye?

Hi, i'd like to know if bad sinus pressure and headaches can lead to a high iop reading for your eye?

Not likely: Ordinary sinus infections don't have direct affects on intraocular pressure. If by chance your sinus infection was so severe as to spread into the orbit (eye socket), then the associated pressure in the orbit can compress the eyeball and consequently raise iop. This latter infection (orbital cellulitis) is extremely serious and requires prompt medical and potential surgical management. ...Read more

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Opthamology question: what can be done to slow progression of low pressure glaucoma? Thanks. My mother cannot see out of her right eye due to a failed cornea transplant. Now doctors have confirmed low pressure glaucoma in left eye, so she is slowly goi

Opthamology question:  what can be done to slow progression of low pressure glaucoma?  Thanks. My mother cannot see out of her right eye due to a failed cornea transplant.  Now doctors have confirmed low pressure glaucoma in left eye, so she is slowly goi

Difficult to treat: Low tension glaucoma(ltg) can be difficult to diagnose and effectively treat because the underlying cause of optic nerve damage is not clear. We know that lowering the ocular pressure has a protective effect. This can be achieved through drops or office laser procedures. Ltg patients may also be at risk due to non-ocular conditions such as nocturnal hypotension and vascular perfusion problems. ...Read more

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If the cosopt and Xalatan (latanoprost) do not bring down eye pressure what else can be done?

If the cosopt and Xalatan (latanoprost) do not bring down eye pressure what else can be done?

Options: Cosopt includes 2 medications (timolol and dorzolamide) that affect the eye pressure in different ways. Xalatan (latanoprost) affects it in yet another way. There is one more class of eye drop, called brimonidine. If the addition of it does not help, there are non-medical options. The least invasive involves laser. If that is not effective, surgery may be needed. ...Read more

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Glaucoma in family. My mother has had problems controlling eye pressure w/drops & laser. Is there anything that i can do to avoid same result?

Glaucoma in family. My mother has had problems controlling eye pressure w/drops & laser. Is there anything that i can do to avoid same result?

Preventive Care: Highly recommend having a through examination with an ophthalmologist including stereo disc photos, pachymetry and oct of the optic nerves with ganglion cell layer analysis as a baseline. Your exams should be guided based on results with at least annual visis to the ophthalmologist. ...Read more

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What are some good ways to fix ear pressure build up when changing altitude quickly, like in an airplane?

What are some good ways to fix ear pressure build up when changing altitude quickly, like in an airplane?

Try this: -treat any congestion beforehand. If you're feeling "stuffy" before flying, use nasal decongestant or antihistamine before boarding -yawn widely -swallow. Chew gum, suck on hard candy, sip a drink. -try valsalva maneuver: hold nostrils closed w/ your fingers, close your mouth & blow softly. Be gentle. Persistent pain or pressure lasting beyond 1-2 days? Get seen. ...Read more

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How to treat eye pressure is down to 20 with travatan met doctor surgery not required optic nerves are not affected?

How to treat eye pressure is down to 20 with travatan met doctor surgery not required optic nerves are not affected?

Improving: I am guessing your pressure was much higher and your ophthalmologist said if the medication couldn't get the pressure down to a comfortable level , then surgery might be needed. Seems as if the drop is working and you can be followed closely without needed surgery at this time. ...Read more

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Can you explain why lasik can only work on the eyes up to a certain % of vision loss with astigmatism?

Can you explain why lasik can only work on the eyes up to a certain % of vision loss with astigmatism?

Cornea limitation: Depends on the cornea shape, thickness, and how much and where tissue can be removed in order to counterbalance astigmatism. If too much tissue is removed it can cause problems and ectasia and if the wrong tissue is removed, it can create more refractive error. ...Read more

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Is it possible to go from "hypertension" blood pressure to "normal" blood pressure and stay there for good. with only lifestyle changes?

Is it possible to go from "hypertension" blood pressure to "normal" blood pressure and stay there for good. with only lifestyle changes?

Yes : It is possible to lower your blood pressure with diet and exercise modifications ... Losing wight and healthy low fat diet will improve your blood pressure which is variable in different cases ... That being said, there are resistant cases such as when high BP is a result of abnormal vessels in the kidneys such as renal artery vaso-occlusion , however these cases are not very common ... ...Read more

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My mother has glaucoma, allergic to all drops and pills, sight gone in one eye and pressure is 27 in the other , how long before the pressure goes up?

My mother has glaucoma, allergic to all drops and pills, sight  gone in one eye and pressure is 27 in the other , how long before the pressure goes up?

No sure what you mea: Sounds like your mom may need surgery with a glaucoma specialist. Please see one asap. To find a glaucoma specialist near you i would recommend the american glaucoma society website. ...Read more

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If the optic nerve seen as normal and not swell without to put drops to dilate the eyes can that change if drops was used to dilate the eyes?

If the optic nerve seen as normal and not swell without to put drops to dilate the eyes can that change if drops was used to dilate the eyes?

No: If the nerve can be seen clearly without dilation, then the evaluation of the nerve is adequate. Dilating the eye just gives a better view into the back of the eye. ...Read more

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Eye pressure is 28-31. If slt reduces pressure to 25 is it possible that will be enough to stabilize and watch without using drops?

Eye pressure is 28-31. If slt reduces pressure to 25 is it possible that will be enough to stabilize and watch without using drops?

No: Assuming that SLT has been appropriately advised for a pressure of 28-31, reaching a pressure of 25 will NOT be low enough. ...Read more

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For contact wearers, blood vessels in the eyes can become enlarged to transport oxygen. Are there ways to lessen this effect? Thank you.

For contact wearers, blood vessels in the eyes can become enlarged to transport oxygen. Are there ways to lessen this effect? Thank you.

If too advanced: You need to stop wearing your contact lenses, do not wear contacts over night, follow the regimen prescribed for length of time you wear a pair of cantacts(usually 14 to 30 days). There is no treat to make them go away or regress. Your cornea does not need blood vessels to get oxygen, these blood vessels are not good to have. ...Read more

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Can black floaters in the eye be related to blood pressure?

Can black floaters in the eye be related to blood pressure?

More than likely : Not related it blood pressure. Although high blood pressure may present witness a more serious entity. Floaters in the vision are from a change in the vitreous in the back of the eye. If new you need to have your eyes examined to assure there is nothing else going on with your eyes. ...Read more

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Eye Pain (Definition)

Depends on further explanation by history and findings on evaluation and examination. An ophthalmologist can resolve this issue ...Read more