Glaucoma & Cataract, Prof. Eytan Blumenthal


What is Glaucoma

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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