glaucoma meaning

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  • Noun: glaucoma  glo'kowmu
    1. An eye disease that damages the optic nerve and impairs vision (sometimes progressing to blindness)
      "contrary to popular belief, glaucoma is not always caused by elevated intraocular pressure"

    Derived forms: glaucomas

    Type of: eye disease

    Encyclopedia: Glaucoma

  • [Medicine]
    An ocular disease,occurring in many forms,having as its primary characteristics an unstable or a sustained increase in the intraocular pressure which the eye cannot withstand without damage to its structure or impairment of its function. The consequences of the increased pressure may be manifested in a variety of symptoms,depending upon type and severity,such as excavation of the optic disk,hardness of the eyeball,corneal anesthesia,reduced visual acuity,seeing of colored halos around lights,disturbed dark adaptation,visual field defects,and headaches. (Dictionary of Visual Science,4th ed) n : a disease of the eye marked by increased pressure within the eyeball that can result in damage to the optic disk and gradual loss of vision


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  1. it is of great importance to recognize patients who are predisposed to narrow-angle glaucoma.
  2. systemic use of the anti-muscarinic agents can also precipitate glaucoma in such predisposed patients.
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