About  Glaucoma and diabetes


Glaucoma is a condition that causes damage to your eye’s optic nerve and gets worse over time. It’s often linked to a buildup of pressure inside your eye. … The increased pressure, called intraocular pressure, can damage the optic nerve, which transmits images to your brain.

What we do

Intraocular pressure monitoring gonioscopy, visual field testing pachymetry with complete eye checkup done to diagnose glaucoma are undertaken at Smart Vision.

FAQs on Glaucoma and diabetes

What is Glaucoma?

Glaucoma is a group of diseases involving optic nerve damage, increased intraocular pressure with changes in field of vision. It can be open angle glaucoma, closed angle glaucoma, secondary glaucoma and normal tension glaucoma.

How is diabetes related to glaucoma?

Statistically after seeing a large population of diabetics it has been found that around 40 % of them have raised intraocular pressure

Can diabetes cause eye pain?

Increased intraocular pressure can result in eye pain. It may co exist with Diabetic retinopathy or can be caused by complications resulting from it

How does diabetes affect the eyes?

Diabetes can cause dry eye due to autonomic neuropathy. The same process could decrease the corneal sensation. Diabetic cranial nerve palsies can affect the eye.Glaucoma and cataracts are associated with Diabetes and the direct affection is in the form of retinopathy and optic neuropathy

Why do cataracts occur in diabetes?

There is an increased rate of cataract formation in uncontrolled diabetics

What are Glaucoma symptoms?

In most open angle glaucomas there are hardly any symptoms . it has been called “the silent thief of sight”. Close angle glaucomas are an emergency and cause extreme pain. They are much rarer then open angle glaucomas but in the eastern Asian race they are much more commoner

What causes Glaucoma?

It is basically an optic neuropathy which is caused by various factors, the most important being the increased IOP, which is the treatable one. Though still there are Glaucomas which have IOP in the normal or low range. Therefore it is imperative that the examination of every glaucoma patient is extremely thorough

What is glaucoma in diabetes?

There is an increased incidence of Glaucomas seen in diabetic patients

What are the signs of Glaucoma?

Increased IOP, Visual field affliction, Changes in the OCT and most importantly optic disc damage as manifested by an increased cup: disc ratio. A narrow angle is seen in some Glaucomas which is quantified gonioscopically which means the study of the anterior chamber angles

What is the right treatment for Glaucoma?

All Glaucoma treatment is highly individualised ,depending on the type of glaucoma, the current status of the IOP and optic disc, the visual field changes, the rate of progression, the age of the patient and life expectancy, the presence of other systemic diseases ,OCT changes and the personality type of the patient.

Could Glaucoma be “Diabetes of the brain”?

Some investigators have explored glaucoma and related neurodegenerative [i.e., the degeneration of nervous system tissue] diseases from many perspectives and come up with a … concept of glaucoma being “diabetes of the brain.” On the basis of the striking similarities in genetic, biochemical, and molecular aspects, they have come to recognize that glaucoma is, in fact, a form of brain-specific diabetes

What are the different complications that arise out of Glaucoma?

The most important complication is a loss of the field of vision which can be quite severe in spite of the vision being 20/20 or 6/6 in some cases. This is a very debilitating experience of an advanced glaucoma patient . In addition there could be an issue of severe pain in some cases of high IOP

Book an appointment for your Glaucoma treatment at SMART Vision Clinic in Chennai.

You can book appointment at any of these places from Chennai: Adyar, Thiruvanmiyur,Tharamani, Velachery, ECR, OMR, Muttukadu, Kelambakkam, Kandanchavadi, Perungudi, Vijayanagar, Kotturpuram, Saidapet, Nandanam, Pallikaranai, Medavakkam, Ashok nagar, Besant nagar, Chamiers road, Chrompet, Gopalapuram, Mandaveli, Triplicane, Mylapore, Adambakkam, Greams road, Guindy, Tnagar, Ekkaduthangal, Jafferkhanpet, KK nagar, Kodambakkam, Madipakkam, St thomas mount, Mambalam, Mettupalayam, Nanganallur, Nungambakkam, Choolaimedu, Anna nagar, Mogapair, Thirumangalam, Kilpauk, Chetpet,Panagal park, Saligramam, Virugambakkam, Porur, Alwarthirunagar, Selaiyur, Vandalur, Kanathur, Panayur, Uthandi, Akkarai, Nesapakkam, Vettuvankeni, Neelankarai, Kottivakkam, Thiruporur, Nemili, Mahabalipuram, Mambakkam, Kandigai, Urapakkam, Guduvanchery, Perungalathur, Pallavaram, Tirusulam, Pazhavanthangal, Keelkattalai, Sembakkam, Peerkankaranai, Sithalapakkam, Vengaivasal, Madambakkam, Tambaram, Kattankulathur, Maraimalainagar, Ponmar, Muttukkaranchavadi, Kalpakkam, Pudupattinam, Senneri, Karumbakkam, Manimangalam, Sriperumbudur, Thiruneermalai, Kundrathur, Thoraipakkam, Moulivakkam, Iyyappanthangal, Poonamallee, Sai nagar.