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Question:
Why would there be some loss of peripheral vision when the eye pressure reading is satisfactory? I had a small hemorrhage several months ago. Could that be a factor?

Answer:
While elevated eye pressure is a risk factor for developing glaucoma and the accompanying peripheral vision loss, there are many patients who develop glaucoma in the absence of elevated pressures. We call this normal or low tension glaucoma. One of the signs of low tension glaucoma can be small hemorrhages in the retinal nerve fiber layer near the edge of the optic nerve. If this is the type of hemorrhaging you had, it certainly could be an indicator that you recently lost some nerve tissue and had some accompanying peripheral vision loss.

Answered by: James M. Heltzer, MDDr. James M. Heltzer

Categories: Eye Diseases, Glaucoma

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