Glaucoma FAQs (cont.)
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How Is Glaucoma Treated?
The treatment of angle-closure glaucoma is primarily surgical while the treatment of open-angle glaucoma is usually medical, through the use of eye drops. To treat glaucoma, an ophthalmologist (a medical doctor who specializes in eye care and surgery) must first decide whether the glaucoma is of the open-angle or angle-closure variety. In open-angle glaucoma, which is far more common in the United States, the ophthalmologist prescribes eye drops that contain medicine that helps to lower the pressure inside the eye, thereby reducing the risk for future optic nerve damage and preventing further vision loss (see How to Instill Your Eyedrops). Sometimes, if eye drops alone do not lower the pressure enough, laser procedures or surgery performed by an ophthalmologist are necessary to lower the pressure inside the eye.
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