Florida Medical Marijuana Qualification Conditions

Glaucoma

WHAT IS GLAUCOMA?

Glaucoma is a diseases that damages the optic nerve, a cable that carries visual information from the eye to the brain. It is the second most common cause of blindness in the world.

The most common form of the disease is called open-angle Glaucoma in which fluid passing through the anterior chamber drains too slowly, leading to increased intraoccular pressure. This pressure can damage the optic nerve, leading to vision loss and eventually blindness.

Glaucoma is usually  hereditary and often does not appear until after age 60; however, the disease can be present in younger patients.

Currently, vision loss from glaucoma cannot be restored. Early detection and treatment can prevent vision loss.

Glaucoma is treated with medication to lower pressure in the eye and, in some cases, with surgery.

GLAUCOMA SYMPTOMS

Blind spots in the peripheral vision is usually the most common symptom that patients notice, but in reality most patients with open-angle glaucoma do not notice any symptoms until vision loss is present. 

Patients with angle-closure glaucoma experience a more sudden, acute attack, with one or more of the following symptoms:

  • Headache
  • Blurred vision
  • Nausea
  • Redness in the eye
  • Severe pain in the eye or forehead

This is a medical emergency requiring immediate attention.

Get Pre-Approved Instantly​! Medical Marijuana Screening Evaluation

The first step in getting a Florida medical marijuana card is to obtain your medical records and receive a signed physician’s statement from a doctor. Complete our online free screening evaluation to see if you qualify for a Medical Marijuana Card in the state of Florida.

 

HOW MEDICAL MARIJUANA HELPS GLAUCOMA PATIENTS

Medical marijuana often serves as an effective alternative to the many patients  who cannot tolerate the side effects of traditional glaucoma medications, which include: palpitations, tachycardia, and altered mental states. 

While researchers are not sure on what causes marijuana’s lowering IOP effect – some think it’s due to the plant’s ability to lower blood pressure while others suggest the drug acts on cannabinoid receptors in the eye, decreasing fluid production – one thing is certain:

Marijuana has been shown to decrease IOP by approximately 25% in the majority (60-65%) of both glaucoma and non-glaucoma patients.

Some draw backs are the short duration (1-2 hrs) of relief and that THC is the one Cannabinoid that really has this effect making psycho-activity and tolerance in the elderly a difficult task.

 
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