Featured Glaucoma Articles
Descriptions of Featured Glaucoma Articles
Glaucoma refers to a group of eye diseases that feature high pressure in the eye and other problems. This eMedTV selection offers an in-depth look at this topic, including possible symptoms, diagnosis, treatment options, and more.
One or both eyes may be affected by glaucoma symptoms, which can include narrowed vision or blindness. As this eMedTV Web page explains, however, signs and symptoms will vary, depending on the type of glaucoma a person has.
Xalatan is a prescription medicine licensed to reduce eye pressure caused by certain conditions. This eMedTV resource explains how the eye drops work, explores their effects, and explains when and how to use them.
Travatan is a prescription eyedrop used to treat high eye pressure and open angle glaucoma. This eMedTV Web page describes the drug in more detail, explains how it works to lower eye pressure, and lists side effects reported with this medication.
As this eMedTV article explains, treatment for glaucoma (such as medications, surgery, and laser surgery) should be administered as soon as possible to avoid more serious vision complications. This page takes a look at these treatment options.
Lumigan is a prescription eye drop used to reduce eye pressure in people with certain eye conditions. This eMedTV segment explains how Lumigan works, offers general dosing guidelines for the drug, and lists possible side effects that may occur.
As a prescription eye drop, Combigan contains two medications that work together to lower eye pressure. This eMedTV article explains how this medicine works, lists potential side effects, and offers tips on when and how to use it.
As this eMedTV article explains, making a diagnosis of glaucoma is based on the results of a comprehensive eye exam. This segment describes the tests that are used to make a diagnosis, including the "air puff" test that many people are familiar with.
Alphagan is a medicated eye drop used for lowering eye pressure in people with certain eye conditions. This eMedTV Web article provides an overview of this drug, including information on how it works, when to use it, possible side effects, and more.
Areas of glaucoma research include finding the cause of the disease and developing better treatment methods. This eMedTV segment discusses the progress and newest findings of current research studies and describes the benefits for study participants.
Open Angle Glaucoma
Open angle glaucoma (the most common type) is one of the leading causes of blindness in the United States. This eMedTV Web page describes this condition in detail, with information on possible symptoms, risk factors, treatment options, and more.
Cosopt is a combination medication used to treat a certain kind of glaucoma as well as ocular hypertension. This eMedTV segment provides detailed information on this prescription eye drop, such as dosing, possible side effects, and safety precautions.
Generally, surgery for glaucoma is performed when other efforts have failed to control pressure in the eye. This eMedTV resource describes the process of this surgery, including information on potential risks and expected results.
Azopt is a prescription eye drop licensed to treat high eye pressure. This article from the eMedTV Web library explains how this medication works, describes possible side effects, and covers some general dosing guidelines.
Glaucoma Laser Surgery
Although laser surgery can stop the progression of glaucoma, it can't repair existing damage. This eMedTV Web page contains important information about this type of surgery, including what to expect before and after the procedure.
Causes of Glaucoma
Although the causes of glaucoma are not known, many factors increase the risk of developing the condition. This eMedTV page discusses specific risk factors (such as having diabetes or a family history of glaucoma) associated with the eye disease.
Timoptic is a prescription eye drop used to lower eye pressure in people with high eye pressure or glaucoma. This eMedTV segment describes this product in more detail, including how the medication works, possible side effects, and more.
Although acute glaucoma occurs in less than 10 percent of glaucoma cases, it can cause rapid loss of vision. This eMedTV resource offers an in-depth look at this serious condition and its causes, symptoms, and treatment options.
There are several medications used for glaucoma, including beta-blockers, miotics and adrenergic agonists. This eMedTV article describes these medications and explains how they can help stop the progression of the disease.
As explained in this eMedTV article, Xalatan (latanoprost ophthalmic solution) is now available in generic form. This segment takes a closer look at the generic version of this drug and explains how it compares to the brand-name product.