Glaucoma: FAQ

Will glaucoma make me blind?
Not necessarily. If glaucoma is caught early on it can be treated, either with medication, or surgically. Most people diagnosed with glaucoma will likely not go blind from it.

Is there a cure for glaucoma?
Currently, there is no cure for glaucoma, but there is a great deal of research going on around the world, not only to find a cure but to determine the absolute causes of glaucoma.

Can glaucoma be prevented?
We do not, as yet, know how to prevent glaucoma. However, early detection and treatment can usually prevent blindness from developing. This is why having regular and thorough eye examinations is so important.

Can my eye pressure fluctuate from day to day or hour to hour?
Yes. Your eye pressure is usually at its highest first thing in the morning. Because there can be so much subtle fluctuation, it is important to have your eye exams at different times of the day, so your ophthalmologist can better monitor the effects of your medications.

Is glaucoma hereditary?
Yes, a family history of glaucoma does increase your chances of developing glaucoma.

Are hypertension and high intraocular pressure related?
Elevated blood pressure can sometimes cause an increase in intraocular pressures, although this is not common.

Can I get glaucoma from reading too much or not eating properly?
As far as we know, there is no evidence to indicate that either of these factors plays a role in the onset of glaucoma. The major risk factors for glaucoma include increased age, diabetes, family history, and ethnic origin.

If I forget to take my medication, will it cause serious problems?
An occasionally missed drop or pill will not cause serious harm. However, missed medication over a prolonged period of time, say weeks or months, can cause an irreversible loss of vision, to varying degrees.

The contents of this health site are for informational purposes only. Always seek the advice of your physician or other qualified healthcare provider regarding any questions you may have about a medical condition.

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