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Question:
How long after a glaucoma diagnosis do you lose your eye sight?     

Answer:
Glaucoma is the most common cause of irreversible yet preventable blindness. It is therefore not expected that you would ever lose your eye sight. Once the glaucoma is diagnosed and treatment is initiated we do not know how much treatment will be necessary or what will be required to control the glaucoma. In addition, over time it is important to adjust the treatment as needed and control the eye pressure better if anything changes. This can include medications, laser, or glaucoma surgery. While glaucoma is certainly a challenging disease and a frightening diagnosis, with early detection and treatment it is our goal to preserve good and useful vision for your entire lifetime. I encourage you to discuss your outlook and prognosis with your Eye M.D.

Answered by: Louis B. Cantor, MDDr. Louis B. Cantor

Categories: Glaucoma

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Answered: Nov 19, 2012

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