What can be done if I have glaucoma?

If you are diagnosed with glaucoma, your optometrist will usually initiate treatment with a topical (eye drop) medication to lower your intraocular pressure and improve blood flow to the optic nerve. Routine monitoring of your response to treatment, including optic nerve and peripheral vision assessment, is critical. If necessary, a second or third drop may be added, or an ophthalmologist may perform a laser or other surgical procedure to improve pressure control.

As is the case with most diseases, early diagnosis is key to successful treatment: be sure to follow the examination schedule recommended by your optometrist.