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What is Glaucoma? - All Articles

Questions & Answers: Normal-Tension Glaucoma

Also called low-tension or normal-pressure glaucoma, normal-tension glaucoma is a condition in which the optic nerve is damaged without eye pressure exceeding the average range.

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Primary Open-Angle Glaucoma

This is the most common form of glaucoma, affecting about three million Americans. It happens when the eye’s drainage canals become clogged over time.

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Angle-Closure Glaucoma

This type of glaucoma is also known as acute glaucoma or narrow angle glaucoma. It is much more rare and is very different from open-angle glaucoma in that the eye pressure usually rises very quickly.

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Glaucoma and Reading Ability

Glaucoma is usually described as a disease affecting peripheral vision. So, why would it have any effect on reading, the ultimate task of central vision? Find out in this article by Dr. Pradeep Ramulu.

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Why Retinal Ganglion Cells Are Important in Glaucoma

There are over a million retinal ganglion cells in the eye. These cells are particularly important in glaucoma because they are the cells that are damaged primarily by the disease.

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Glaucoma Awareness Video with Robert Fechtner, MD

Dr. Robert Fechtner explains glaucoma symptoms and risk factors, and how regular eye exams can help you protect your vision.

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Glaucoma Risk Increases in Families: Spread the Word

One way to reduce vision loss from glaucoma is to make sure your family members understand that they are at increased risk - if you have glaucoma.

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Pigmentary Glaucoma: Answers to Your Questions

Pigment dispersion syndrome is a condition where pigment from the back of the iris (the colored part of the eye) is released and becomes trapped in the drainage system of the eye.

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Glaucoma and Driving Ability

A diagnosis of glaucoma may raise concerns about driving ability. Safe driving requires clear central vision and adequate peripheral vision.

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High Eye Pressure and Glaucoma

There is no specific level of elevated eye pressure that definitely leads to glaucoma; conversely, there is no lower level of IOP that will absolutely eliminate a person's risk of developing glaucoma.

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