Diagnosing Glaucoma

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Ophthalmologist discusses glaucoma and how it is treated.

Ophthalmologist discusses glaucoma and how it is treated.

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Featuring Dr. Steven Schendel, MD, FRSC (C), Ophthalmologist

Duration: 2 minutes, 28 seconds

Presenter: Dr. Steven Schendel, Ophthalmologist, Vancouver, BC

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Quiz: Do You Understand Glaucoma?

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1

Glaucoma damages your optic nerve fibers over time.

Explanation:

Glaucoma is an eye disease caused by a buildup of intraocular pressure (IOP). Your eyes have clear liquid that flows in and out, but if you have glaucoma, this liquid doesn’t drain properly, causing this buildup of IOP pressure. As glaucoma progresses, it damages more and more of your optic nerve fibers, leading to vision loss.

2

With primary open-angle glaucoma, the fluid can still effectively flow back out of your eye.

Explanation:

With primary open-angle glaucoma, the fluid can’t effectively flow back out of your eye. In many cases, people don’t even know that they have glaucoma until they experience vision loss.

3

Angle-closure glaucoma occurs when the iris of the eye closes off the drainage angle completely.

Explanation:

Angle-closure glaucoma occurs when the iris of the eye closes off the drainage angle completely, causing an increase in IOP pressure and damage to the optic nerve.

4

Ocular hypertension is a result of high ocular pressure.

Explanation:

If you have a condition known as ocular hypertension, which is a result of high ocular pressure, your risk of developing glaucoma increases.

5

Drops are the second line of treatment of glaucoma.

Explanation:

Glaucoma treatment is centered around lowering your IOP in order to prevent further vision loss. Drops are the first line of treatment of glaucoma.

This content is for informational purposes only, and is not intended to be a substitute for professional medical advice, diagnosis or treatment. Always seek the advice of your physician or other qualified healthcare professional with any questions you may have regarding a medical condition.

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