Glaucoma & Cataract, Prof. Eytan Blumenthal



Medicinal Care for Glaucoma

More detailed information on the kinds of drops given for glaucoma is found on Glaucoma Medications Described. You can also read about: Treatment Goals in Glaucoma, and about: 10 Important Tips on Instilling Eye Drops. What characterises the medicinal care for glaucoma, and why is there such a wide variety of medicines to reduce intraocular […]

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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

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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

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A tonometer used to measure eye pressure (intraocular pressure)

What is the difference between high eye pressure and glaucoma?

Are ‘glaucoma’ and ‘high intra-ocular pressure’ one and the same? There is an understandable confusion between these two terms, and some erroneously consider them as synonyms.  The two are indeed interrelated, but not identical.  To highlight this, there are individuals with high eye pressure but without glaucoma, while others, yet, have glaucoma, but  without any high eye

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A visual field machine used for testing glaucoma patients

How is Glaucoma Diagnosed?

 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

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A normal GDx scan

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,

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A picture showing the eye's structure, specifically the anatomy of an eye with glaucoma and cataract

The Different Types of Glaucoma

Glaucoma is a disease of intraocular pressure which is too high for the health of the eye. The underlying cause for the increase of intraocular pressure leading to glaucoma is a decrease in drainage of the fluids out of the eye. Therefore, different types of glaucoma may be categorized according to the reasons for this decrease

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Prof. Blumenthal examining a patient

Tests Performed to Diagnose Glaucoma

How will my eye doctor decide if I actually have glaucoma, or maybe not? Glaucoma, in the vast majority of cases goes unnoticed, and hence, undiagnosed. Those suffering from this disease typically do not experience any pain or discomfort, and the visual field defects are not usually noticeable to the patient himself/herself.  In contrast, during

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