Primary Open-Angle Glaucoma (cont.)
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Primary Open-Angle Glaucoma Treatment
The central goal of treatment for primary open-angle glaucoma is preventing or minimizing damage to the optic nerve. Several different classes of medications exist to lower pressure within the eye, but there's no agreement among professionals about when and how to treat the disease because it is expressed differently among people who suffer from it. Several different types of surgery are available for those who's glaucoma fails to respond adequately to drugs.
Self-Care at Home
If your ophthalmologist prescribes medicines (see Medical Treatment and Medications) to help in lowering the pressure inside your eye, properly applying the medication and complying with your eye doctor’s instructions are very important. Not doing so could result in an additional increase in intraocular pressure that can further affect the optic nerve and cause permanent vision loss.
Medically Reviewed by a Doctor on 8/14/2014
Jerald A Bell, MD
Richard W Allinson, MD
Francisco Talavera, PharmD, PhD
Robert H Graham, MD
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