Green Star: basics and causes

What exactly is a Green Star? The same as a glaucoma? How dangerous is this eye disease? More in this chapter.

What is a Green Star?

The green star is the vernacular term for glaucoma. Generally, the glaucoma or glaucoma is equated with increased intraocular pressure. That is not quite true. Only around 60% of glaucoma patients actually have increased eye pressure. Many others in the eye region only react very sensitively, e.g. on elevated blood pressure values ​​without being noticed during eye pressure measurement.

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Is a green star the same as glaucoma?

Yes and no. Today, the terms are used largely synonymous. That it came to, but is based on a translation error. Originally "star" in German-speaking ophthalmology since the 8th century for lens opacities, while "glaucoma" actually referred to a disease of the optic nerve.

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At what age does the Green Star occur?

The green star, medically called glaucoma, may in principle occur at any age. However, it is nevertheless a typical aging phenomenon. The most common form is primary open-angle glaucoma and this typically develops after the age of 40 years.

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What increases the probability of the emergence of a Green Star?

Basically, it can be assumed that a glaucoma (medical: glaucoma) can develop in any human being at any age. With older age, however, the probability of disease increases significantly. From the age of 40, regular screening tests are recommended, and people over the age of 65 are considered at risk.

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Is it possible to prevent the Green Star?

From the medical point of view, no prevention is possible against the appearance of the green star (glaucoma), but against its progression. With the help of ophthalmological examination methods, the disease is already recognizable, if no appreciable consequences have been set for you.

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Does the green star have anything to do with the blood circulation?

Yes, that seems to be the case. Because a green cataract (medical: glaucoma) is caused by an excess of aqueous humor in the eye. And that is often based on a mismatch of production and runoff. The emphasis is on an increased drainage resistance. A possible main cause of the disease today is a circulatory disorder, which is based on a dysregulation of the vessels.

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Does an elevated intraocular pressure always lead to the Green Star?

No. Most people with elevated intraocular pressure later do not get a green cataract or glaucoma, as the Green Star is called medically. First, the increased ocular tension does not seem to be the main cause of glaucoma, as previously assumed. On the other hand, he is subject to strong daily time measurements.

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Does the Green Star always appear in both eyes?

No not always. But often. The most common form of green cataract is primary chronic open-angle glaucoma. Of these, usually, but not always, both eyes are affected. However, the disease develops in both eyes often time-delayed and varying degrees.

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What types of glaucoma are there?

In the case of the green star (medical: glaucoma) there are the primary forms and those that occur secondarily, that is, as a consequence of another event. The course of events is also different: Adverse acute glaucoma is confronted with the much more frequent, long-unnoticeable chronic course.

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What role does the psyche play in the Green Star?

Your psyche plays an important role in the Green Star, as with any other complex disease. Unfortunately, the ophthalmologist will probably not be able to help you with this. For the understanding of the psycho-physical connections is still far too little lived in scientific and practical medicine. Incidentally, this does not only apply to the so-called conventional medical sector.

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How is the intraocular pressure regulated by the body?

In the healthy eye, eye pressure is balanced in a fine control system. The focus is on the aqueous humor, ie the fluid in the eye chamber. If everything is alright in the eye, the formation and outflow of the aqueous humor constantly balance each other.

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What is a normal-pressure glaucoma?

As the name suggests, there is mostly no elevated intraocular pressure in normal-pressure glaucoma. So with the eye pressure measurement no value over 21 mmHg. Nevertheless, this form of the green star also causes progressive damage to the optic nerve. Why and how, is by no means satisfactorily researched. However, several factors and explanations are known or discussed.

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