Glaucoma

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What is glaucoma?

Glaucoma is an eye disease characterized by an increase in intraocular pressure that causes pathologic changes in the optic disk and typical defects in the field of vision.

Common symptoms reported by people with glaucoma

Common symptoms
How bad it is
What people are taking for it

Reports may be affected by other conditions and/or medication side effects. We ask about general symptoms (anxious mood, depressed mood, fatigue, pain, and stress) regardless of condition.
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Treatments taken by people with glaucoma

Treatment name(s)
Type
How many have tried
Tried for
Treatment name(s)

(Xalatan)
Type
Prescription Drug
How many have tried
12
Tried for
glaucoma (12)
Treatment name(s)

(Alphagan Eye Drops)
Type
Prescription Drug
How many have tried
7
Tried for
glaucoma (7)
Treatment name(s)

(Cymbalta)
Type
Prescription Drug
How many have tried
6
Tried for
depressed mood (6) pain (1)
Treatment name(s)

(Norco)
Type
Prescription Drug
How many have tried
6
Tried for
pain (6)
Treatment name(s)

(Timoptic Ocudose)
Type
Prescription Drug
How many have tried
6
Tried for
glaucoma (6)
Treatment name(s)

(Neurontin)
Type
Prescription Drug
How many have tried
5
Tried for
pain (5)
Treatment name(s)

(Ultram)
Type
Prescription Drug
How many have tried
5
Tried for
pain (5)
Treatment name(s)

(Lumigan)
Type
Prescription Drug
How many have tried
4
Tried for
glaucoma (4)
Treatment name(s)

(Methadose)
Type
Prescription Drug
How many have tried
4
Tried for
pain (4)
Treatment name(s)

(TENS Transcutaneous Electrical Nerve Stimulation)
Type
Procedures
How many have tried
4
Tried for
pain (4)

Data from patients with glaucoma, who reported starting treatments within the last 5 years.
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Compare treatments taken by people with glaucoma

Treatment name(s)
Perceived effectiveness
Side effects
Total evaluations
Tried for
Treatment name(s)

(Xalatan)
Perceived effectiveness
for glaucoma (4 evaluations)
Side effects
ineffective cough inflammation 1 more
Total evaluations
7
Tried for
glaucoma (12)
Treatment name(s)

(Alphagan Eye Drops)
Perceived effectiveness
for glaucoma (8 evaluations)
Side effects
eyes stinging hip pain radiating down legs
Total evaluations
8
Tried for
glaucoma (7)
Treatment name(s)

(Cymbalta)
Perceived effectiveness
for depressed mood (2 evaluations)
Side effects
decreased sex drive (libido) hunger
Total evaluations
2
Tried for
depressed mood (6) pain (1)
Treatment name(s)

(Norco)
Perceived effectiveness
for pain (1 evaluation)
Side effects
Total evaluations
2
Tried for
pain (6)
Treatment name(s)

(Timoptic Ocudose)
Perceived effectiveness
for glaucoma (2 evaluations)
Side effects
Total evaluations
2
Tried for
glaucoma (6)
Treatment name(s)

(Neurontin)
Perceived effectiveness
for pain (2 evaluations)
Side effects
dizziness
Total evaluations
2
Tried for
pain (5)
Treatment name(s)

(Ultram)
Perceived effectiveness
for pain (3 evaluations)
Side effects
cold sweat dizziness and feeling faint 2 more
Total evaluations
3
Tried for
pain (5)
Treatment name(s)

(Lumigan)
Perceived effectiveness
for glaucoma (4 evaluations)
Side effects
eye irritation eyes red
Total evaluations
4
Tried for
glaucoma (4)
Treatment name(s)

(Methadose)
Perceived effectiveness
No evaluations
Side effects
tachycardia (fast heart rate)
Total evaluations
2
Tried for
pain (4)
Treatment name(s)

(TENS Transcutaneous Electrical Nerve Stimulation)
Perceived effectiveness
for pain (2 evaluations)
Side effects
Total evaluations
2
Tried for
pain (4)
  • Major
  • Moderate
  • Slight
  • None
  • Can't tell
  • Severe
  • Moderate
  • Mild
  • None

Data from patients with glaucoma, who reported starting treatments within the last 5 years.
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Who has glaucoma on PatientsLikeMe?


Age
Age Proportion # of patients
<20 2
20s 22
30s 43
40s 89
50s 138
60s 166
70+ 104
Age at first symptom
Age at first symptom Proportion # of patients
0-19 years 25
20-29 years 22
30-39 years 23
40-49 years 59
50-59 years 47
60-69 years 20
70+ years 7

Sex

Distribution of sex

71% Female
29% Male

Types
Condition Types Proportion # of patients
Chronic angle-closure glaucoma 41
Iridocorneal endothelial syndrome (ICE) 1
Neovascular glaucoma 0
Normal tension glaucoma 4
Pigmentary glaucoma 14
Primary open-angle glaucoma 9
Pseudoexfoliative glaucoma 0
Traumatic glaucoma 1
Diagnosis status
Diagnosis status Proportion # of patients
Diagnosed 370
Not Diagnosed 12

These charts show data from glaucoma patients who have completed their condition history
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