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Glaucoma - Medical Malpractice Lawyer

LEGAL HELPLINE: ☎ 855 804 7125

If you choose our lawyers to represent you in your Glaucoma compensation claim, we will provide committed and vigorous representation on your behalf. You will receive a complete professional service from lawyers who deal with claiming compensation for Glaucoma errors involving medical malpractice. If you would like advice at no cost without obligation from a medical malpractice lawyer just call the helpline or complete the contact form or email our Toronto offices and a glaucoma lawyer will telephone you at the first possible opportunity.
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Glaucoma - Overview

Glaucoma is an eye disease in which the pressure in the eye is high, affecting vision. It is actually a cluster of related conditions that cause high pressure in the eye. In some cases, the condition severely affects vision while in others, it does not cause vision problems. Even so, it is one of the major causes of permanent blindness in the US. Vision changes can be gradual or rather sudden. It is important to diagnose the condition when it is in its early stages.

Symptoms of glaucoma differ when compared to which kind of glaucoma it is. There is open-angle glaucoma and angle-closure glaucoma, which have very different symptoms.

In primary open-angle glaucoma, the signs and symptoms are:

In acute angle-closure glaucoma, the signs and symptoms are:

They can be primary conditions if no known cause is found, or secondary, if they are caused by another condition. Other conditions include an inflammatory condition of the eye, a tumor, diabetes or severe cataracts. Damage to the optic nerve seems to be associated with getting glaucoma. The increase in pressure is caused by excess fluid which normally flows inside and outside the eye freely.

In primary open-angle glaucoma, there is a normal angle which is made by the iris and the cornea but the drainage channels within the angle are blocked so that fluid drains outside of the eye too slowly and the pressure builds up. It often happens too slowly to have much in the way of symptoms.

In angle-closure glaucoma, the iris bulges forward and blocks the drainage angle. Pressure builds up and the patient gets glaucoma. Symptoms can occur slowly or quickly, giving the rapid onset of symptoms. Some people are born with an abnormally narrow angle so they can get glaucoma more easily. If your pupils are dilated by the doctor and you have a narrow angle for drainage, you can get a sudden onset of glaucoma.

In normal tension glaucoma, the optic nerve gets damaged. The actual pressure in your eye remains in the normal range for reasons doctors do not know. They believe that it may be due to an abnormal blood supply to the optic nerve, such as is seen in atherosclerosis.

Children and babies can be diagnosed with glaucoma. This is called congenital glaucoma or infantile glaucoma. It develops up to age 5 and has no symptoms. The optic nerve damage does happen, and vision can be affected.

Risk factors for glaucoma include the following:

Complications of untreated or poorly treated glaucoma include tunnel vision, blind areas in the peripheral vision and complete blindness.

Tests for the disease include measuring the intraocular pressure, testing for damage to the optic nerve, vision testing and measuring the thickness of the cornea with a test called pachymetry.

Medical Malpractice Lawyers

The medical profession which includes doctors, nurses and hospital technicians usually provides a caring service with a high standard of excellence however there are occasions when things do go wrong. Our litigation service is completely free and our medical malpractice lawyers will deal with your case using a contingency fee arrangement which means that if you don’t succeed in receiving a financial settlement then your glaucoma lawyer won't get paid.

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The author of the substantive medical writing on this website is Dr. Christine Traxler MD whose biography can be read here