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What is Glaucoma

Glaucoma is one of the leading causes of blindness in the developed world today. Many cases of blindness could be prevented if earlier diagnosis and treatment were initiated.  Glaucoma usually causes no symptoms in the early stages, and without proper testing, significant vision loss can occur before realizing that anything is wrong.  Once glaucoma is diagnosed, medications, in the form of...

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How Glaucoma Damages Our Vision

Glaucoma is a medical term referring to a group of eye diseases defined by elevated intraocular pressure which may result in irreversible damage to eye sight due to atrophy of the optic nerve. The process of “seeing” begins when light rays enter the eye via the pupil and hit the retina, which is situated inside the globe, along the wall of the eye. Cells within the retina process this...

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How is Glaucoma Diagnosed?

A visual field machine used for testing glaucoma patients

 Patients who visit my clinic for the first time often ask me:  “do I have glaucoma or perhaps not?”.  Others  who have already been diagnosed with glaucoma with certainty, might like to learn how their doctor came to this conclusion. In this chapter, I will try to explain in detail how an ophthalmologist  diagnoses whether or not a patient has glaucoma. Glaucoma can be...

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Who is at Risk of Developing Glaucoma

High Intraocular pressure – there is no doubt that high intraocular pressure is the greatest risk factor causing glaucoma and damage to the ocular nerve, yet, only less than half of the people with high intra-ocular pressure will suffer from glaucoma and about a quarter of the patients with glaucoma do not have high intra-ocular pressure. Therefore, high intra-ocular pressure is not the...

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