Primary Open-Angle Glaucoma (cont.)
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The goal of medical treatment is to reduce the pressure before it causes glaucomatous loss of vision. Medical treatment is always initiated for those people who are believed to be at the greatest risk for developing glaucoma (see When To Seek Medical Care) and for those with signs of optic nerve damage.
How your ophthalmologist chooses to treat you is highly individualized. Depending on your particular situation, you may be treated with medications or just observed.
No consensus exists on what is the appropriate medical treatment for preventing or delaying the damage due to primary open-angle glaucoma when a person only has elevated intraocular pressure and no other signs of primary open-angle glaucoma.
To date, no one has been able to conclusively determine which people will develop damage if left untreated as opposed to those who will not sustain damage even if not treated. Your eye doctor will discuss the pros and cons of medical treatment versus observation with you.
Your intraocular pressure is evaluated periodically. One guideline to how often your intraocular pressure is checked is shown below.
Follow-up visits may also be scheduled for the following reasons:
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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