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Are visual field defects always present in patients with glaucoma?

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Dr. Alan Mindlin
Ophthalmology

In brief: No

Sometimes the elevated pressure will "eat away" at the myelin in the optic nerve causing an increase in the cup disc ratio before field damage occurs.
This can give the patient a false sense of security and lead to noncompliance and subsequent damage.

In brief: No

Sometimes the elevated pressure will "eat away" at the myelin in the optic nerve causing an increase in the cup disc ratio before field damage occurs.
This can give the patient a false sense of security and lead to noncompliance and subsequent damage.
Dr. Alan Mindlin
Dr. Alan Mindlin
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Dr. Federico Mattioli
Ophthalmology - LASIK Surgery

In brief: No

Defects someone would notice in daily life would be late in the disease.
Specialized visual field tests can show defects much sooner but still after damage has occurred. More specialized testing such as optical tomography can detect changes much sooner (ie, before visual field defects) and with appropriate treatment help preserve the vision.

In brief: No

Defects someone would notice in daily life would be late in the disease.
Specialized visual field tests can show defects much sooner but still after damage has occurred. More specialized testing such as optical tomography can detect changes much sooner (ie, before visual field defects) and with appropriate treatment help preserve the vision.
Dr. Federico Mattioli
Dr. Federico Mattioli
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Dr. Amin Ashrafzadeh
Ophthalmology

In brief: Good question!

Glaucoma is a progressive optic neuropathy.
What that means, is that it continues to get worse and cause more loss of vision. The visual field defects, once present, only continue to get worse. That is why the treatment is so important for holding on what you have.

In brief: Good question!

Glaucoma is a progressive optic neuropathy.
What that means, is that it continues to get worse and cause more loss of vision. The visual field defects, once present, only continue to get worse. That is why the treatment is so important for holding on what you have.
Dr. Amin Ashrafzadeh
Dr. Amin Ashrafzadeh
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