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I heard that glaucoma is a brain disease - should I be worried?

It can be confusing to hear that glaucoma is "a brain disease." This does not mean that something is "wrong with your brain." It's really because glaucoma affects the optic nerve, which is an extension of the brain for...

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If my sibling has glaucoma, am I more at risk to developing glaucoma?

Based in well-designed research, we know that siblings of persons diagnosed with glaucoma have nearly a 10-fold increased risk of having glaucoma when compared to siblings of persons without glaucoma. This means that a 65-year-old sibling of a European-derived...

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What is bleb needling?

When conventional glaucoma surgery called a trabeculectomy (a type of microsurgery) is performed, in essence your doctor is making a new drain pipe so fluid from the inside of the eye can be directed to the outside of the...

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Can glaucoma affect contrast sensitivity?

Yes. Glaucoma can cause a loss of contrast sensitivity. Contrast sensitivity is what allows us to detect things like different shades of the same color. For instance, when you look at stairs, the flat part of the stair is...

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I've been told that I've lost 80% of my optic nerve. What does this mean?

Certainly an optic nerve that has been visually observed by the eye doctor to be 80 percent damaged is more fragile than on optic nerve with less damage. However, an estimate of glaucoma damage looks at more than optic...

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Can a beta blocker cause shortness of breath when I’m exercising?

Beta blockers can cause shortness of breath in susceptible individuals. The operative word is “can.” Unfortunately, medications used on the eye can enter the rest of the body, as the medication travels through the tear ducts and into the...

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Will a diagnosis of glaucoma limit my life?

We are limited only by what we think we can or cannot do. You can continue with what you were doing before glaucoma was diagnosed. You can make new plans and start new ventures. And you can trust the...

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Why does it take so long for new glaucoma medications to become available?

On average, it takes 12 years and millions of dollars to get one new medication from a laboratory to the pharmacist’s shelf. Only five in 5,000 compounds that enter preclinical testing make it to human testing. One of these...

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I have to use my eye drops twice a day. Must I use them at the exact time each day? What if I forget to take them?

It is important to make your glaucoma medications a part of your daily routine. Eye drops do not have to be instilled at the exact time every day, or exactly 12 hours apart. Most patients plan their eye drops...

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I have glaucoma. Do I need to stop driving?

Giving up driving is difficult to consider. We all value our independence and want to keep it as long as possible. However, it is important to know when you need to stop or when you need help, for the...

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