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Primary Open-Angle Glaucoma (cont.)

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Educating people with primary open-angle glaucoma is essential for medical treatment to be successful. The person who understands the chronic (long-term), potentially progressive nature of glaucoma is more likely to comply with medical treatment.

Numerous handouts about glaucoma are available, two of which are listed below.

  • "Understanding and Living with Glaucoma: A Reference Guide for People with Glaucoma and Their Families," Glaucoma Research Foundation, 1-800-826-6693.
  • "Glaucoma Patient Resource: Living More Comfortably with Glaucoma," Prevent Blindness America, 1-800-331-2020.

For More Information

American Academy of Ophthalmology

Glaucoma Research Foundation

Prevent Blindness America

The Glaucoma Foundation

Lighthouse International

Primary Open-Angle Glaucoma Pictures

Parts of the eye.
Parts of the eye.
Elevated eye pressure is caused by a build-up of fluid inside the eye because the drainage channels (trabecular meshwork) cannot drain it properly. Elevated eye pressure can cause optic nerve damage and vision loss.
Elevated eye pressure is caused by a build-up of fluid inside the eye because the drainage channels (trabecular meshwork) cannot drain it properly. Elevated eye pressure can cause optic nerve damage and vision loss.

Medically reviewed by William Baer, MD Board Certified Ophthalmology


Medically Reviewed by a Doctor on 8/14/2014
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