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Glaucoma Treatments Cullman AL

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Terry Lee Dawson, MD
(256) 736-5507
1890 Al Highway 157 Ste 430
Cullman, AL
Specialties
Ophthalmology
Gender
Male
Education
Medical School: Univ Of Al Sch Of Med, Birmingham Al 35294
Graduation Year: 1974
Hospital
Hospital: Cullman Reg Med Ctr, Cullman, Al
Group Practice: Eyecare Cullman

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James Ross Veal Jr, MD
(256) 734-9613
304 County Road 1322
Vinemont, AL
Specialties
Ophthalmology
Gender
Male
Education
Medical School: Tulane Univ Sch Of Med, New Orleans La 70112
Graduation Year: 1969
Hospital
Hospital: Cullman Reg Med Ctr, Cullman, Al

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Eyecare Cullman
(256) 736-5507
1965 Al Highway 157 # B
Cullman, AL

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William E Holcomb
(256) 739-3605
1890 Al Highway 157
Cullman, AL
Specialty
Ophthalmology

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Marx Optical
(256) 775-0499
1850 Cherokee Ave SW # D
Cullman, AL
 
William Edgar Holcomb, MD
(256) 739-3605
1890 Al Highway 157 Ste 410
Cullman, AL
Specialties
Ophthalmology
Gender
Male
Education
Medical School: Univ Of Al Sch Of Med, Birmingham Al 35294
Graduation Year: 1986
Hospital
Hospital: Cullman Reg Med Ctr, Cullman, Al; Woodland Community Hosp, Cullman, Al
Group Practice: Eyecare Cullman

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James Veal MD
(256) 734-9613
1890 Al Highway 157 # 410
Cullman, AL
 
Terry L Dawson MD
(256) 736-5507
1890 AL Highway 157
Cullman, AL
Specialties
Ophthalmology

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Dr.EMILY FLORES
(205) 734-8514
601A Graham St
Cullman, AL
Gender
F
Speciality
Optometrist
General Information
Accepting New Patients: Yes
RateMD Rating
5.0, out of 5 based on 2, reviews.

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R Bryan Boozer
(256) 739-4000
1000 2nd Ave Sw
Cullman, AL
Services
Optometrist

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Glaucoma Treatments

Most cases of Glaucoma can be treated with eyedrops and occasionally oral medication. Should these methods be unsuccessful, laser or conventional surgery can be effective.

Treating Glaucoma With Eyedrops:
The most common eyedrops used for Glaucoma today are the "beta blockers". Usually used twice a day, they are called beta blockers because they block the beta receptors of the sympathetic nervous system. First introduced in the late 70's, beta blockers (such as Betagan, Betoptic, and Timoptic) reduce pressure without some of the side effects produced by other glaucoma eye drops. They do, however, have their own set of side effects. They can make asthma and irregular heart rhythms worse in people who already have these conditions. In some cases, they can even cause emotional problems such as depression.

Before beta blockers arrived, glaucoma was usually treated with a drug called pilocarpine, available as Pilocar and Isopto Carpine. Usually used four times a day, it is highly effective for decreasing the pressure by increasing the amount of fluid that can be drained from the eye. One problem with pilocarpine is that it constricts the pupil and reduces the amount of light that enters the eyes, making it harder to see. As a result, many doctors will start a patient out with one of the beta blockers...

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Glaucoma: About, Types, Treatments

The most common form of Glaucoma steals sight gradually, and has thus earned the grim nickname "sneak thief of sight." Eleven percent of blindness cases are the result of Glaucoma, and millions of Americans suffer from the disease.

If Glaucoma is diagnosed early, drugs can control it for a lifetime. People with undetected Glaucoma can lose much of their vision before realizing how severely the disease has restricted their sight. Consequently, physicians recommend that everyone over thirty-five years of age have his/her eyes tested for Glaucoma at least every two years.

How Glaucoma Harms Your Eyes:

The major sign of Glaucoma is high pressure within the eye. The rise in pressure results from a build up of aqueous fluid. This fluid bears a heavy responsibility. The nutrients it contains feed both the cornea and the lens. The ciliary body, behind the iris, constantly secretes aqueous fluid, about one-fifth of an ounce per day. From the ciliary body, the fluid flows into the posterior chamber, then slowly circulates over the lens and toward the pupil. There, it flows over the rim of the iris and into the anterior chamber, behind the cornea...

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Types Of Glaucoma

With every form of glaucoma, constant vigilance is the best protection against this stealthy vision thief. Here are the different types of glaucoma you should watch for, especially after the age of thirty-five:

Open Angle Glaucoma:
The most common form of glaucoma is open-angle, or chronic simple glaucoma. It runs in families but does not hit very member of the family. Sometimes it skips one or even several generations. It's called open-angle because, although it looks as if there is no reason why the fluid cannot drain out of the eyes properly, it can't. The blockage seems to be caused by an increased resistance to the outflow of fluid within the trabecular meshwork. Why? No one knows yet. We do know that it usually affects both eyes, but the rise in pressure may be greater in one eye than in the other. See the page Glaucoma Treatments for information about cures for open-angle glaucoma.

Angle Closure Glaucoma:
Angle closure glaucoma, also known as narrow-angle glaucoma, accounts for less than 5 percent of all glaucoma. But when it does strike, it strikes fast. It occurs when the outflow of fluid is suddenly blocked, which causes a quick fluid backup and a rapid and dangerous climb in intraocular pressure. It is an emergency condition. A patient can experience severe eye pain, blurred vision, colored halos around lights, nausea, and vomiting. Unless the pressure is relieved within a few hours, the patient can be permanently blinded. Pilocarpine drops are frequently used to immediately relieve the pressure, after which surgery is performed to permanently solve the problem....

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