Treatments for Glaucoma
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The management of glaucoma depends on the type, the underlying cause, and the severity of the disease. Treatment may involve medications, in the form of eye drops or oral drugs, laser procedures, or surgery.
Glaucoma cannot be cured. The focus and goal of treatment is to control the disease and prevent or slow any further visual damage from occurring.
Numerous studies have shown that lowering the pressure inside the eye (intraocular pressure) decreases the risk of glaucoma progression. Just how much to lower the pressure and exactly how to do it is different for every patient. In fact, some patients and their physicians may decide not to treat glaucoma, but instead to simply monitor for any progression. If your doctor prescribes treatment, it is important that you follow the regimen as closely as possible.
Treatment involves the following:
American Academy of Ophthalmology website. Available at: http://www.aao.org/ .
National Eye Institute website. Available at: http://www.nei.nih.gov/ .
Mayo Clinic Eye Center website. Available at: http://www.mayoclinic.com/health/glaucoma/DS00283/DSECTION=2 . Accessed Feb 2, 2007.
Last reviewed June 2008 by ]]>Marcin Chwistek, MD]]>
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