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.
Possible. It's always possible. Again, what's more important at this point is that you have regular follow-up with your ophthalmologist to ensure that the glaucoma is under control.

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Dr says glaucoma caught early w/30% nerve damage & minimal peripheral vision loss. Begun treatment. Only 58 yrs. Old. What is long-term prognosis?

Fairly good. Since most of your vision is conserved, your outcome, with all available to your ophthalmologist , should be good! but your letter stresses the importance of examination of the eyes, more so, to prevent most glaucoma associated damage! Read more...
Good. The prognosis is good if you use the medications as directed and keep all follow up appointments with your ophthalmologist. Read more...

Some peripheral vision loss & 30% nerve damage. Dr. Says glaucoma caught early. Does this sound like a reasonable statement?

Sounds reasonable. Glaucoma is generally damage to the optic nerve related to the pressure in the eye. It usually occurs without any physical symptoms, and visual loss is rarely noted by the patient in its early stages. Only with careful examination of the optic nerve can glaucoma be picked up early. 30% damage often will not be associated with any significant peripheral loss, and the key is future prevention. Read more...
Yes. Based upon scanning, your doctor has probably estimated a loss of 30% of your vision fibers due to glaucoma. Since there is considerable redundancy in the vision, you have plenty of good vision left. Well managed glaucoma will likely preserve the remaining vision and you should do well. Read more...

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...

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...
Nerve damage already. Done can be stabilized ideally with drops that can lower the eye pressure. If you have no peripheral vision loss on the visual field, then the 30% nerve damage would be surprising. It means that your ophthalmologist did a good job of managing your eye pressure. Make sure that the glaucoma is worked up including ct/mri of the orbits and brain to rule out other causes of optic neuropathy. Read more...
??? Not sure how one can determine 30% optic nerve damage. Technically if you have lost 30% of your optic (damage) there is some loss of vision somewhere. Typically this would occur in the periphery first. Today's technology and testing does not check that far out. The goal is to lower the pressure to prevent further optic nerve damage. With treatment one should be able to stop further damage. Read more...

58 yrs. Old, 30% nerve damage, minimal peripheral vision loss. Mother's glaucoma uncontrolled. My prognosis diminished because of these factors?

Not necessarily. It sounds like your glaucoma is controlled and hopefully you will be better off than ur mom because your diagnosis was probably caught earlier.Your pos. Fam history indicates more risk. As long as your eyes are freq evaluated and iop is adjusted accordingly as needed, u should do much better. Younger people often need a more aggressive approach if iop is fluctuating too much or getting too high. Read more...
Risk factors. Risk factors of glaucoma do include family history. With regular follow up visits and treatment , drops or stl laser surgery, your ophthalmologist will be able to maintain what you have now. Peripheral vision loss in irreversible. The important thing is to get the eye pressure low and prevent any flucuation of the pressure. Quarterly eye exams are the standard of care for this. Read more...