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Suggest Treatment For Optic Nerve Damage When Diagnosed With Glaucoma

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Posted on Sat, 15 Oct 2016
Question: I was just diagnosed with glaucoma. I am 66 years old and while the pressures in the eyes were close to normal, the optic nerves showed indications of damage. What questions should I ask the doctor and how effective are current treatments in controlling the disease? Thank you.
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Answered by Dr. N. K. Misra (2 hours later)
Brief Answer:
Glaucoma

Detailed Answer:
My dear,
Thanks for sending your query to us.
This variation in pressure is called diurnal variation.There is a battery of tests to assess present level of damage.This includes perimeter and nerve fibre assessment by gdx as well as OCT with optic nerve scan.Aling with that I presume a gonioscopy has already been done to assess if the angle is open or closed.
You have to ensure if you understand properly how to take medication,which is effective in controlling glaucoma.
It is important to have a viruses of follow up where many tests will be repeated to assess if damages have stopped progressing.
These are the basic guidelines for you to interact with your doctor.You have to understand the importance of medication,as if it doesn't work well then surgery is next option.
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Suggest Treatment For Optic Nerve Damage When Diagnosed With Glaucoma

Brief Answer: Glaucoma Detailed Answer: My dear, Thanks for sending your query to us. This variation in pressure is called diurnal variation.There is a battery of tests to assess present level of damage.This includes perimeter and nerve fibre assessment by gdx as well as OCT with optic nerve scan.Aling with that I presume a gonioscopy has already been done to assess if the angle is open or closed. You have to ensure if you understand properly how to take medication,which is effective in controlling glaucoma. It is important to have a viruses of follow up where many tests will be repeated to assess if damages have stopped progressing. These are the basic guidelines for you to interact with your doctor.You have to understand the importance of medication,as if it doesn't work well then surgery is next option.