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Treatments for Glaucoma

The management of glaucoma depends on the type, the underlying cause, and the severity of the disease. Treatment may involve medications in the form of eye drops or oral medications, laser procedures, or surgery.

Glaucoma cannot be cured. The focus and goal of treatment is to control the disease and prevent or slow any further visual damage from occurring.

Numerous studies have shown that lowering the pressure inside the eye (intraocular pressure) decreases the risk of glaucoma progression. Just how much to lower the pressure and exactly how to do it is different for everyone. In some cases, you and your doctor may decide against treatment and opt to monitor your eyes for disease progression. If your doctor prescribes treatment, it is important that you follow the regimen as closely as possible.

Treatment involves the following:

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Last reviewed March 2018 by EBSCO Medical Review Board Daniel A. Ostrovsky, MD  Last Updated: 3/15/2015