Understanding Glaucoma

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Ophthalmologist, talks about what glaucoma is and what you can do to prevent vision loss.  For more information on eye conditions please contact your local optometrist or endocrinologist.

Ophthalmologist, talks about what glaucoma is and what you can do to prevent vision loss.  For more information on eye conditions please contact your local optometrist or endocrinologist.

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Dr. Paul Harasymowycz, Ophthalmologist

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Glaucoma is one of the leading causes of blindness in the world. It is usually caused by high pressure in the eye, but 1/3 of patients actually don't have high pressure in their eyes. Certain patients may have an aggressive form of glaucoma, where the loss of visual field may be quite rapid. In this situation, it is important to lower the intraocular pressure as rapidly as possible and usually achieving a very low target inter-ocular pressure.

The way to diagnose Glaucoma is to look at the back of the eye at the optic nerve. This is done by screening exams by the optometrist or the ophthalmologists. In general, glaucoma has no symptoms. Once you start having visual problems, the disease is usually advanced.

Some of the main risk factors for glaucoma is having a family member with glaucoma, being of different ethnicities, having trauma in the eye, or the use of steroids. The good news is that we can stop glaucoma from leading to blindness by lowering the intra-ocular pressure of a patient. This can be done with either medications, lasers, or surgeries.

One of the most important things when picking your glaucoma medication, is not to stop if you have side effects, without having discussed with your ophthalmologist or optometrist. We can often find a better treatment for you.

If you have questions or concerns, make sure you contact your ophthalmologist or optometrist

Presenter: Dr. Paul Harasymowycz, Ophthalmologist, Montreal, QC

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Understanding Glaucoma

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1

Glaucoma is one of the leading causes of blindness in the world.

Explanation:

Glaucoma is one of the leading causes of blindness in the world.

2

The way to diagnose glaucoma is to look at the front of the eye.

Explanation:

The way to diagnose glaucoma is to look at the back of the eye. at the optic nerve. This is done during screening exams by the optometrist or ophthalmologist.

3

Two-thirds of glaucoma patients don't experience high pressure in the eye.

Explanation:

Glaucoma is usually caused by high pressure in the eye, but 1/3 of patients don't experience that symptom.

4

One of the risk factors for glaucoma is having a family member with the condition.

Explanation:

Risk factors for glaucoma include having a family member with the condition, being a certain ethnicity, having trauma in the eye, or using steroids.

5

It's possible to stop glaucoma from leading to blindness.

Explanation:

Eye care professionals can stop glaucoma from leading to blindness by lowering the intra-ocular pressure in the eye.

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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