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Primary Open-Angle Glaucoma (cont.)

Follow-up

Depending on the amount of optic nerve damage and the level of intraocular pressure control, people with primary open-angle glaucoma may need to be seen from every 2 months to yearly, even sooner if the pressures are not being adequately controlled.

Glaucoma should still be a concern in people who have elevated intraocular pressure with normal-looking optic nerves and normal visual field testing results or in people who have normal intraocular pressure with suspicious-looking optic nerves and visual field testing results. These people should be observed closely because they are at an increased risk for glaucoma.

Prevention

Primary open-angle glaucoma cannot be prevented, but through regular eye examinations with an ophthalmologist, its progression may be prevented.

Outlook

The prognosis is generally good for people with primary open-angle glaucoma.

  • With follow-up care and compliance with medical treatment, most people with primary open-angle glaucoma retain useful vision throughout their lifetime.
  • With poor control of intraocular pressure, continuing changes to the optic nerve and the visual field occur.
Medically Reviewed by a Doctor on 8/14/2014
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