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    Glaucoma - When To Call a Doctor

    Call911or other emergency services immediately if you have:

    Call your doctor if you:

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    Understanding Glaucoma -- Treatment

    Treatment of open-angle glaucoma -- the most common form of the disease -- requires lowering the eye's pressure by increasing the drainage of aqueous humor or decreasing the production of the fluid. Medications can accomplish both of these goals. Surgery and laser treatments are directed at improving the eye's aqueous drainage. If not diagnosed early, open-angle glaucoma may significantly damage vision and even cause blindness. That is why it's so important to have your eye doctor test you regularly...

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    • Notice blind spots in your vision.
    • Notice that over time you are having more trouble seeing.
    • Have a family history of glaucoma, are age 40 or older, and have not had an eye exam in more than a year. You may need to be examined by an eye specialist (ophthalmologist or optometrist) for signs of glaucoma.
    • Have glaucoma and have side effects from the glaucoma medicines that you are taking.

    Who to see

    The following doctors can diagnose glaucoma:

    An ophthalmologist can treat glaucoma and perform eye surgery.

    To prepare for your appointment, see the topic Making the Most of Your Appointment.

    WebMD Medical Reference from Healthwise

    Last Updated: September 09, 2014
    This information is not intended to replace the advice of a doctor. Healthwise disclaims any liability for the decisions you make based on this information.
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