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How can I be sure I don't have glaucoma, before I even go to the eye doc?


I'm scared, I don't have much pain in my right eyeball but sometimes randomly I feel like there is a little teeny heaviness or push... IDK. What other symptoms are of Glaucoma?
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go to the eye doctor if youre worried about it  (+ info)

What are some other reasons for high eye pressure other than glaucoma?


(my family eye doctor recently told me that my eye pressure was high-normal but because there wasn't any other signs of glaucoma than I probably shouldn't worry but he's sending me for tests to be sure!)
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Some medications will also cause high pressures in the eyes  (+ info)

Does the supplement Ocuvite help people with glaucoma?


I have just found out I have glaucoma, and a friend suggested I should start taking the supplement Ocuvite. I can't seem to find a straight answer.
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Ocuvite can be taken by mouth in pill form or you can use Ocuvite eye wash. They are both vitamins for your eyes. Neither one of them will cure glaucoma nor will they prevent glaucoma. Most eye drops regardless of what is written about them, are to cleanse the eyes and/or get the redness out. Only a doctor can diagnose the disease glaucoma in a patient's eyes and he will prescribe the necessary eye drops to use.  (+ info)

What is glaucoma? Is it a serious sickness and can it be cured?


One month ago I went for a test on my 2 eyes. The doctor said that I had glaucoma.Can you tell me more about this .
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Glaucoma is sometimes called the silent thief because it can slowly steal your sight before you realize anything's wrong. It's a leading cause of vision loss. Therefore, it's a very serious disease.

The most common form of glaucoma, primary open-angle glaucoma, develops gradually, giving no warning signs. Many people aren't even aware they have an eye problem until their vision is extensively compromised.

Glaucoma is not just one disease, but a group of them. The common feature of these diseases is damage to the optic nerve, usually accompanied by an abnormally high pressure inside your eyeball.

The optic nerve is a bundle of more than a million nerve fibers at the back of your eye. It's like an electric cable made up of thousands of individual wires carrying the images from the inside back wall of your eyeball (retina) to your brain. Blind spots develop in your visual field when the optic nerve deteriorates, usually starting with your peripheral (side) vision. If left untreated, glaucoma may lead to blindness in both eyes.

Fortunately, medical advances have made it easier to diagnose and treat glaucoma. If detected and treated early, glaucoma need not cause even moderate vision loss. But having glaucoma does mean regular monitoring


Primary open-angle glaucoma gives few warning signs or symptoms until permanent damage has already occurred. That's why regular eye exams are the key to detecting glaucoma early enough for successful treatment.

It's best to have routine eye checkups every two to four years after age 40 and every one to two years after age 65. Because African-Americans have a much higher risk of glaucoma, screening should begin every three to five years from age 20 to 29, and every two to four years after age 30.

Don't wait for problems of any kind to occur. If you have one or more risk factors for glaucoma, talk to your doctor about scheduling regular eye exams. Some tests can be performed by your regular doctor, but others need to be done by an eye-care specialist.

In addition, be alert for signs or symptoms of an acute angle-closure glaucoma attack, such as a severe headache or pain in your eye or eyebrow, nausea, blurred vision, or rainbow halos around lights. If you experience any of these problems, seek immediate care at your local hospital emergency room.

If you've received a diagnosis of glaucoma, establish a regular schedule of examinations with your opthalmologist or optometrist to be sure your treatment is helping maintain a safe pressure in your eyes.

Many years ago, my mother complained suddenly that she couldn't see. She had severe headaches and pain in her eyes. She felt like she had multiple needles stabbing her eyes. She was immediately taken to the hosp and an emergency laser surgery was done to relieve the increase in intraoccular pressure.. Without immediate medical intervention, she might have completely gone blind.  (+ info)

Will Medicare cover the cost of a glaucoma test?


I do not believe that I am particularly in need of new lenses at this time, so... I am ALSO wondering if there is any reason why our FAMILY DOCTOR could not perform such a test---and save me a trip to see an OPHTHALMOLOGIST? I seem to remember my doctor doing a glaucoma test for me a few years ago. Does anyone know FOR SURE ?
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Joseph,

If I were you I would go to the correct Dr that is trained to make sure you have no vision problems. I am quite sure that Medicare will pay a portion but how much is your vision worth??? AN ophthalmologist is the one to see not you family Dr. Good luck  (+ info)

When you have juvenile glaucoma, how long would it take before you went blind?


I have juvenile glaucoma. I have eye drops for it, but i was just curious, if I didn't take my drops, could I go blind? If so, how long would it take before I did? Thanks.
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If you do not apply your eye drops you will go blind for sure.How long will it take to go blind depends on a lot of factors like your current glaucomatous damage and your current eye pressure.Hereditary factors also play an important role.Apply your eye drops regularly and get your eyes chacked frequently.  (+ info)

Do normal eye tests show up if someone suffers from Glaucoma?


Ok, first off my Nan suffered from glaucoma when she was alive, I heard it was hierarchy, but my dad never suffered.

I have regular eye checks, and too my knowledge have never had a special check for Glaucoma (if there is one).

I seem to be suffering from simular symptoms to acute glaucoma, occasionally what can only be described as a crack on my eye appears, and i feel dissy, light headed and sick. I always just thought this was dehydrasion though.
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When you go to your optician tell them this and they should give you a free glaucoma check.  (+ info)

Is it okay to use Ardell's brow & lash growth excel if I have glaucoma?


I have minor glaucoma & I take Xalatan eye drops for it every night.I brought a tube of Ardell brow & lash growth excel and it says to apply it to my lid line right where my eye lashes are.I read the box and it does not have any warnings about using this product with glaucoma or any other eye disease.I also went to Xalatan's website and it does not say anything about avoiding eye lash enhancers.
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Can glaucoma be stopped from passing on to next generation?


Is there something helpful that can prevent glaucoma from passing on to next generation as i am having this disorder and worried about this,and is any reliable treatment available?
And lastly what are the best sources from where i can get updates regarding research on glaucoma?
Thank you
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There is NO 100% chance that your child will inherit glaucoma.
People with a family history of glaucoma have about six percent chance of developing the disease.
Those of African descent are three times more likely to develop primary open angle glaucoma.

I don't know much preventive measures.
If diagnosed early you can completely cure it.

Commonly used medications:

-Prostaglandin analogs like latanoprost (Xalatan), bimatoprost (Lumigan) and travoprost (Travatan) increase uveoscleral outflow of aqueous humor. Bimatoprost also increases trabecular outflow

-Topical beta-adrenergic receptor antagonists such as timolol, levobunolol (Betagan), and betaxolol decrease aqueous humor production by the ciliary body.

-Alpha2-adrenergic agonists such as brimonidine (Alphagan) work by a dual mechanism, decreasing aqueous production and increasing trabecular outflow.

-Less-selective sympathomimetics like epinephrine and dipivefrin (Propine) increase outflow of aqueous humor through trabecular meshwork and possibly through uveoscleral outflow pathway, probably by a beta2-agonist action.

-Miotic agents (parasympathomimetics) like pilocarpine work by contraction of the ciliary muscle, tightening the trabecular meshwork and allowing increased outflow of the aqueous humour. Ecothiopate is used in chronic glaucoma.

-Carbonic anhydrase inhibitors like dorzolamide (Trusopt), brinzolamide (Azopt), acetazolamide (Diamox) lower secretion of aqueous humor by inhibiting carbonic anhydrase in the ciliary body.

-Physostigmine is also used to treat glaucoma and delayed gastric emptying.


There are also Surgery,Canaloplasty,Laser surgery,Trabeculectomy,Glaucoma drainage implants etc.

Check the following web address for details and research.
http://www.nei.nih.gov/health/glaucoma/

HOPE THIS HELPS.

God, who shows you his kindness and who has called you through Christ Jesus to his eternal glory, will restore you, strengthen you, make you strong, and support you as you suffer for a little while.
Peter 5:10  (+ info)

Glaucoma and LASIK - What are the consequences of having glaucoma at such a young age?


Hi, I am an 18 year old asian female who has a grandmother with glaucoma. Just recently (April) I had a "Red eye infection", and went to the optometrist right away. They said that my intraocular pressure was way higher than normal and gave me some drops. When I looked up the side effects for red eye I found out that glaucoma can be the cause of it. Am I too young to have glaucoma? Plus, can I get LASIK done when Im older? I have really bad nearsightedness and have bad astigmatism to top it off, and possibly glaucoma (I will see a glaucoma specialist in september). Will I end up going blind?
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there is no such thing as being "too young" to have glaucoma. some infants are BORN with glaucoma ("congenital" glaucoma).

any glaucoma attack that causes REDNESS sounds to me like an ANGLE CLOSURE attack or angle closure glaucoma. that is more common among Asians, as it is an anatomical (and therefore inheritable) condition. one of the common treatments for angle closure is a laser peripheral iridotomy or "LPI":

http://www.opt.pacificu.edu/ce/catalog/15166-GL/Figure%2024.jpg

http://www.eyemdlink.com/EyeProcedure.asp?EyeProcedureID=46

LASIK can probably be performed later, depending on the Rx and the condition of the cornea/retina/glaucoma. lasik can complicate the diagnosis and management of glaucoma b/c the way we measure intraocular pressure is by pressing on the cornea with a prism or with a puff of air. after lasik your cornea will be :"thinner" which will artificially lower your intraocular pressure reading...  (+ info)

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