Glaucoma Support Group

Glaucoma is a group of diseases of the optic nerve involving loss of retinal ganglion cells in a characteristic pattern of optic neuropathy. Although raised intraocular pressure is a significant risk factor for developing glaucoma, there is no set threshold for intraocular pressure that causes glaucoma. If you are suffering from glaucoma, share your experience, learn about treatment, and find support here.

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  • madhattedmadness

    Optic Nerve Thinning

    Hi... This is my first post and I feel like I am probably just being overly paranoid....I'm 27 and was diagnosed with Glaucoma when I was 16... I go for regular check up's and the last check up I went to my Ophthalmologist reminded me that there is some thinning on my right eye.... my pressure's are okay. I have very thick cornea's so they alway deduct a few points. I am just stressing because...
  • server1

    Introduction: server1

    I was diagnosed with low tension glaucoma 10 years ago.  I already had about 30% peripheral loss in rt. eye before diagnosis.  The drops and surgeries I have had kept away too much decline.  But now I am beginning to have more loss.  Usually glaucoma patients who stay on drops, etc. have good outcomes.  My problem is that the optic nerve continues to decline despite drops and fairly low...
  • flowerA

    Had test

    HI All. Just got back from Hospital, sadly pressure gone up 22 and 25 I now have two lots of drops, so hope pressure goes down , got to go back in two months. Really frightened me. The horrid thought of going blind, what a thought. Hope its going okay for you all. Lovee Annx
  • deleted_user

    glaucoma meds

    Hi, I am new to this site. I was recently diagnosed with open angle glaucoma and prescribed the medication Timolol 5%, one drop twice a day. Has anyone else ever taken this med ? I just turned 50 and this diagnosis has been described to me as a life long chronic condition. Any uplifting news out there ? Thanks, carol
  • deleted_user

    possible glaucoma

    I am 21 years old and when i was 19 i found out i have IOP of 21 in my left eye and 23 in my right. When i found this out i did not have health insurance. Well, in a few days I will be getting health insurance with my job, and I am very nervous about seeing a specialist. Do these numbers get worse over time? Just because I have these numbers, does that mean I probably have, or will develop...
  • dynamiclori

    normal pressure glaucoma?

    Does anyone else have normal or low pressure glaucoma? I have quite a bit of damage to my optic nerve and yet have always had good pressure numbers. I have started on Lumigan, but am reacting with red eyes. The ophthalmologist wants to take my pressure to 6 or 7 with two medicines. I'm not sure what the second one will be yet. I am still in the panic state. I am gluten intolerant and am allergic...
  • deleted_user

    make up

    can i wear make up now i have been diagnosed weith glaucoma?
  • Katemck


    I had laser surgery on Wed. and my vision is blurry and I feel nauseated. I was given antibiotic eye drops for 5 days. How long does it take to see results from the laser. I use latanaprost at bedtime. My pressure has come down a bit. Can someone tell me the normal IOP.Thanks, Kate
  • euniebear

    Red Eye(Conjunctivitis)

    Is your eye red a lot from the glaucoma or side effect of eye drops?My doctor took me off the Simbrinza(Suppose to be the best for glaucoma) because she said I was allergic to it and it was causing the redness and itchiness. However,the eye is still getting red and itchy. I don't know if it could be another one of the drops or if it's just the glaucoma itself. Also,the glaucoma eye want open as...
  • Julia1953

    Dry eyes as a result of glaucoma test?

    Hi,I never had a problem with dry eyes until recently when I got a new eye doctor and he uses a different method of testing for glaucoma than I ever had. As I understand it, this is the electronic indentation method. They numb your eyes and put a thing on the eye that looks like a pen and it beeps and sort of makes "waves" on your eyeball. My eyes seem so dry now, like I have hard contacts in,...
  • flowerA

    next step

    Hi all, I have today received next appointment to go to hospital 28. 06 . 16 to see if drops have lowered eye pressure, hopefully they have. All this anxiety gets you down, its very frightening to say the least. My eye seems to get sore at times and that brings on the anxiety more.How do you manage with the fear. I do pray but I am a bit of a doubting Thomas. I will just have to cope...
  • AbbyS

    Normal Tension Glaucoma Both Eyes

    Diagnosed with glaucoma last year but I am lucky, the vision loss in on the inside of both eyes so I can see ok.  Eyes get tired easily and vision gets blurry but the emotional toll is most difficult.  I've experienced autoimmune inflammation most of my life and lost my thyroid 10 years ago.  Is it possible these are related?  I'm terrified.
  • flowerA

    Test tomorrow

    Hi All. I have my eye test tomorrow to see if drops are working, I am shaking already. Wish it was over and okay. Love to allxx
  • historyman

    New here and to even thinking about glaucoma...

    Hello. My name is Chris. 34 y/o Caucasian male in the US. I had a routine eye exam today (first in 4 years) and my eye doctor said I have elevated IOP (25 in right eye, 27 in left.) Four years earlier both eyes were 18. My doctor said he will see me in 6 months and in the late afternoon, to see if this is just a fluctuation. He did a full eye exam (internal eye picture, thickness) and said...
  • deleted_user

    Glaucoma Question?

    Since there are different types of glaucoma, are they all tested and detected the same way by measuring the eye pressure? I wanted to ask about the 'silent' type of glaucoma, is this actually detectable or not and how did all of you first notice your glaucoma and the signs and symptoms?