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I was diagnosted with Glaucoma this week and the Doc. put me on medication and from what I read that there is no cure for this disease. I would like to know if anyone knows if there is any other disease or health issues that may be secondary to Glaucoma? I got out of the Military in 2004 with a 20/50 vision in my health records do you think this would be a service connected disability?:unsure:

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Of course it could be service connected, but it can also be "age related". If you apply for benefits for it, the VA will likely do a C and P exam, and the examiner will offer a medical opinion as to whether or not "the Veterans glaucoma is at least as likely as not due to ....event in military service."

Glaucoma can be serious and I would apply right away. Since it sounds like you are already SC, then you can ask for an "increase" for glaucoma. While I am not an expert on the causes of glaucoma, what really matters is if your doc thinks the military caused it.

Go for it.

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It seems like I recall reading that glaucoma can be secondary to diabetes. Are you diabetic? By the way, welcome to hadit.

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Welcome to Hadit. Most of the time glaucoma can be treated with the eye drops. The main thing is to keep normal pressure. They also have laser treatment and surgery. Be sure and use your medication.

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I was diagnosted with Glaucoma this week and the Doc. put me on medication and from what I read that there is no cure for this disease. I would like to know if anyone knows if there is any other disease or health issues that may be secondary to Glaucoma? I got out of the Military in 2004 with a 20/50 vision in my health records do you think this would be a service connected disability?:unsure:

I was diagnosed with Glaucoma also, a few months back, in a couple weeks they are going to use a special 3D eye camera, then start treatment... since I have pancreas disease I bet they are related... but already have 6 items on appeals.. I am so angry with the appeal BS they are putting me through I will defintely file for more claims once these get finished, if I live long enough, I will flood the CrAp out of the VA with claims for pizzing me off even more...

(my eye diseases: Glaucoma, Cataracts, and Choroidal nevus)

Right eye cataract was removed a couple years ago... Nevus is in right eye, Glaucoma and Cataract are in left eye..

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It seems like I recall reading that glaucoma can be secondary to diabetes. Are you diabetic? By the way, welcome to hadit.

In 2009 The VA Doc said that my reegular Glucosse test came out normal but AB1AC test was adnormal showing that I was a border line Diabetic. Since the Doc never told me that I have sugar or not, I am requesting another test, to make sure it is not there. I know that I feel tired and worn down even after getting a good night sleep. After being up for 5-6 hours I get really sleepy this is out of the norm for me.

Glad to be aboard hadit again :biggrin: .

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Welcome to Hadit. Most of the time glaucoma can be treated with the eye drops. The main thing is to keep normal pressure. They also have laser treatment and surgery. Be sure and use your medication.

I put in for the claim for Glaucoma and while waiting for 100% Unemployability decision from the rating board. The Doc told me it is my optic nerves that is causing my Glaucoma that they have been monitering for almost a year. I am quiet sure they will send me for a C& P exam.

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It seems like I recall reading that glaucoma can be secondary to diabetes. Are you diabetic? By the way, welcome to hadit.

Thanks guy's for all the information.

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I didn't really want t open t anew thread for this, I thought adding to this thread would be better..

I already searched the Internet and talked to doctors, but I wanted to know from others with glaucoma, what to expect in the coming years..

for those that know me, I have pancreas disease, at one time I received insulin for about 6 months while an inpatient for the pancreas disease.. but they never told me I am a diabetic. I expect I wil become one when my pancreas get a little worse, which isn't far away. I already had cataracts all my life, but they just grew a few years ago, and have the right one rmeoved, the left one is stil there, but then they said I also have glaucoma in my left eye, plus the cataracts. i take eye drops each night in my left eye for glaucoma. They game me some number, I think it is 24 (pressure, and it should be 20 or lower if I remember right..). MY left eye has bee feeling out of sorts and it feels like it is has problems, not only by eyesight, but just feeling different than the right.. like it takes in less light, besides a little blurry (especially objects that are many feet way like signs.)... I am not blind by any means, but bright lights are really bothersome, and trying to read stuff on lables, pages, documents on paper is really a pain,, hard to do, I bring out a magnifying glass. And trying ot read small food labels is very hard to do without magnifying. I went off on a tangent here, sorry..

What I really want to know is does it continue to worsen? Does it happen fast, slow, or is it different for everyone. Does it just not get any worse with meds? I would like to hear from people who have it, have had it only a short time, or a long time, etc... Did it continue to get worse with meds? Any tips?

I have to many claims in and will consider puttingin a claim on in for service conenction because of my chemicals exposures after my other claims have gone through appeals.. like they are connected to chemicals, pancreas diease, and neuro diseases..

thank you,

I was diagnosted with Glaucoma this week and the Doc. put me on medication and from what I read that there is no cure for this disease. I would like to know if anyone knows if there is any other disease or health issues that may be secondary to Glaucoma? I got out of the Military in 2004 with a 20/50 vision in my health records do you think this would be a service connected disability?unsure.gif

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I was service connected for Glaucoma in 2008. I had a cataract removed from the left eye and was left with pigmentary glaucoma, intermitten loss of all vision, night halo's and double vision.

The glaucoma can only be treated with drops, you can in fact go blind because of glaucoma. As to the progression of the disease it depends on the person.

In my case doctors wanted to do surgery at least twice since the original surgery.. but I decided that I would rather have sight off and on than not at all.....

The max rating for the lens replacement is 30%,, also even if your blind in one eye, the vision of the other eye is what determines your actual rating.

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I have read where Pot helps prevent this

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I have read where Pot helps prevent this

GARY

It doesn't actually prevent it, it just help to lower the pressure .

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