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  FAQ's for Glaucoma


Who can develop Glaucoma?
Who else can develop this disease?
Who is recommended to get a checkup to detect this disease if there is no family history?
What does this disease entail?
Does blood pressure affect my vision?
How do I know if I have glaucoma? Are there any symptoms?
What is happening inside my eye when I have this disease?
Can I lose my vision if I have this disease?
Is there any way to know if I have glaucoma without a visit?
What is the main cause of blindness in the world?
What is the treatment for glaucoma?
What are the types of glaucoma?
How often should I get a checkup or at what age should I start getting one to know if I have this disease?
What does the glaucoma specialist recommend to avoid the risks associated with this disease?

Who can develop Glaucoma?
It is a very common disease especially among Latino people 45 years of age or older. It is generally associated with people who have a history through their father, mother, or grandparents with the same disease or that lost their vision at a certain age. However, it can occur even if no one in the family has this disease. People who have high eye prescription, for myopia or hyperopia, in order to see well also have a higher risk of developing this disease. There are patients that have to be checked since childhood because they could develop it, though they are minimal cases.


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Who else can develop this disease?
There are cases in which a secondary glaucoma or a pressure increase can develop in young people with allergies or that use uncontrolled steroid drop medications. It is not incorrect to use these medications as long as they are monitored and the intraocular pressure is regulated by an ophthalmologist. Otherwise, the medications can cause a “secondary steroid induced glaucoma” in people.


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Who is recommended to get a checkup to detect this disease if there is no family history?
If you have very high eye prescriptions, you need to have regular, periodic medical checkups.


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What does this disease entail?
It is a disease that is found in the interior part of the eye, specifically affecting the optical nerve. It causes damage with the passage of time, as the optical nerve thins as a secondary effect, in most cases, due to an increase in eye pressure.


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Does blood pressure affect my vision?
It is very important to note that when we talk about eye pressure, it is completely independent of the blood pressure in the body. A lot of people have hypertension and, in many cases, there is no correlation.


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How do I know if I have glaucoma? Are there any symptoms?
No, most people don’t have any symptoms. In order to find out, patients come to CODET Vision Institute for a routine visit and their eyes are checked with our different high technology devices. This allows us to obtain a complete eye analysis that encompasses everything from intraocular pressure, done exclusively by an ophthalmologist, to pupil dilation to visualize with a special lens inside the eye.


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What is happening inside my eye when I have this disease?
The interior part of the eye is formed by intraocular liquid to nurture everything: the center of they, the anterior part and the posterior, which have, in return, their own different liquids. In a lot of people, the drainage zone located in the anterior part (similar to a ring) loses its permeability o starts to diminish, which causes the liquid to be retained. This causes an increase in pressure that is very slow throughout years which is why it doesn’t cause any discomfort.


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Can I lose my vision if I have this disease?
The most sensitive zone of the eye is the optical nerve and it thins due to this disease. It produces a cellular death that causes a progressive loss of vision starting with the peripheric vision. When this happens, it is usually when people are already tripping over things or bumping into objects or are unable to see people next to them; at this point, the disease is, unfortunately, at a very advanced stage.


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Is there any way to know if I have glaucoma without a visit?
No, there is no way to know if you have glaucoma unless you have an examination done by an ophthalmologist. Unfortunately, if this disease is detected at a very advanced stage (when there is already cellular death in the optical nerve), there is no way to recover vision. However, if it is detected in time, there are a lot of treatments that are focused specially in lowering eye pressure. They can be medications or surgical procedures like the ones we perform here at CODET Vision Institute.


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What is the main cause of blindness in the world?
Glaucoma is one of the main causes of blindness in the world and it is, in fact, the main cause of irreversible blindness.


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What is the treatment for glaucoma?
Treatment and diagnosis is not only done through exploration, we also get the eye pressure, several measurements of the eye and, after that, in some cases when there are risk factors, periodic follow ups are performed until you are completely healthy or we can assess at what stage your glaucoma is at.


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What are the types of glaucoma?
Mild, moderate, and severe.


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How often should I get a checkup or at what age should I start getting one to know if I have this disease?
For people younger than 40 years old should get a checkup every 2 years, and if you are older than 45 years old, you should get a checkup every year. The visit is important to specifically check the state of the optical nerve, the anterior chamber, the eye prescription, and the intraocular pressure.


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What does the glaucoma specialist recommend to avoid the risks associated with this disease?
It is recommended that you make the care of your visual health a life goal: getting annual checkups is the best way to ensure that your vision stays healthy for a very long time.


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