The medical history for
glaucoma includes questions about:
Whether your family has a history of glaucoma.
The health professional will want to know how severe the glaucoma was in a
family member and how much eyesight was lost.
Whether you have
other eye diseases, have had eye surgery, or have had a recent injury to your
Whether you have other diseases (such as diabetes) that
increase your risk for glaucoma.
What medications you are taking,
especially eye and steroid medications. The health professional will also want
to know whether there are any medications (including eye medications) that you
have not been able to take because of allergies or side effects.
Symptoms are usually rare in glaucoma except in closed-angle glaucoma
or very severe open-angle glaucoma. The health professional will want to
Most of us know that medicine can sometimes cause side effects such as dry mouth. But did you know that medications can also cause vision problems such as dry eyes or sensitivity to light? Some drugs can even lead to serious eye problems or vision loss.
"It's very important for people to be aware of what conditions they have, what medications they're taking, and how they may increase risk of certain eye problems," says Scott Greenstein, MD, FACS, instructor in ophthalmology at Harvard Medical School...