Sahar Bedrood, MD, PhD - What Surprises Patients About Glaucoma?2021-06-04
Glaucoma is referred to as the "silent thief of sight" for a reason. Often, this disease goes unnoticed by the sufferer.
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Sahar Bedrood, MD, PhD: They're surprised to learn they have it, oftentimes, because I'll find it with a visual field test that's very specific. We usually do one eye at a time...we always do one eye at a time. And the patients are not used to seeing the world with just one eye. Right? And so they go around and the redundancy of having the other eye hides any kind of defect they would have.
So oftentimes, they're surprised that they have a diagnosis. Once I give them a diagnosis, some patients will do their own research or talk to people. They're surprised that we can treat it. So it's not as a dooming of a disease diagnosis as it used to be a few years ago.