Living with glaucoma — since age 35

Sometimes I forget I have glaucoma, even though it’s a chronic eye disease that can cause blindness. I don’t dwell on it daily because glaucoma is painless, and mine is currently “under control.” That said, I’m quite aware of glaucoma’s stealthy potential. It is referred to as a silent thief of sight because there are…

Glaucoma Surgery Series: The Risks and Benefits of Glaucoma Surgery

This article explores the potential risks of glaucoma surgery and explains why the benefits outweigh risks for most advanced cases. Glaucoma is a chronic, progressive deterioration of the optic nerve (the bundle of nerve fibers at the back of the eye that carry visual messages from the retina to the brain). It is usually caused…

Glaucoma symptoms: THIS could be putting you at risk of incurable sight loss

Glaucoma is caused when the optic nerve, which connects the eye to your brain, becomes damaged. It can lead to loss of vision if not detected and treated early on. Dr Chris Hemmerdinger, glaucoma specialist at Optegra Eye Hospital Manchester, answers the frequently asked questions about the condition. What is glaucoma? According to the World…

New Gel Stent Device Could Be A Better Surgical Option for Glaucoma Patients

For some patients with glaucoma, surgical intervention may be a necessary part of treatment. Traditionally, surgery has included trabeculectomy, the removal of part of the eye’s trabecular meshwork and adjacent tissues, or the placement of tube shunts. For the most part, these techniques work, but glaucoma specialists are developing less invasive procedures. The thought of…

Surgical Therapy for Glaucoma

Surgical treatment for glaucoma is usually undertaken when medical therapy is not appropriate, not tolerated, not effective, or not properly used by a particular patient, and the glaucoma remains uncontrolled with either documented progressive damage or a high risk of further damage. Surgery encompasses both laser and incisional procedures. Laser surgery is used as primary,…

8 Things I Wish People Understood About My Vision Loss

1. It usually occurs slowly.  While some people can go blind overnight or in a matter of days, many people with degenerative diseases, such as retinitis pigmentosa (RP) and macular degeneration, lose their sight gradually over a period of many years. 2. Just because our vision changes doesn’t necessarily mean our interests do. Some people may assume…

Is High Eye Pressure Always Glaucoma?

No. High eye pressure or intraocular pressure (IOP) is not always harmful and not always associated with glaucoma (damage to optic nerve). The normal range of intraocular pressure is traditionally considered to be between 10 and 21 millimeter of mercury (mmHg) but there are people who have high IOP but no glaucoma. This condition is…

Vitamin B3 for Glaucoma Prevention

With glaucoma being the leading cause of irreversible blindness in the United States, affecting three million Americans, and being the second leading cause of blindness in the world, it is imperative that research continues to try to find answers to this debilitating eye disease. According to a new study, researchers found that when vitamin B3,…

Crohn’s Disease and Glaucoma

On the day when I received a diagnosis of Crohn’s disease, I had no idea I would ever mention that ailment and glaucoma in the same sentence.  However, my doctors are mentioning it more and more often as the years go by. What’s the connection? Glaucoma is one of the potential Crohn’s complications that occur…

Do Lifestyle Choices Affect Glaucoma?

People today are increasingly interested in how lifestyle choices affect health. Patients with glaucoma want to help themselves and save their sight in any way they can beyond medications and surgery. The traditional view has been that lifestyle choices do not play a role in glaucoma, but several studies show that lifestyle factors can influence…