Primary Open Angle Glaucoma
Primary Open Angle Glaucoma is the most common type of glaucoma accounting for a majority of all glaucoma cases. The condition progresses gradually, when the eye does not drain enough fluid as well as it should (like a clogged drain). As a result, eye pressure builds and starts to damage the optic nerve. Primary Open angle glaucoma is an eye condition that can result in progressive vision loss. While the condition usually begins with slow peripheral vision loss, it can lead to permanent vision loss without treatment. It is often associated with increased intraocular eye pressure. However, it is also possible to have glaucoma in the setting of normal intraocular pressure.
Management / Treatment
Comprehensive Glaucoma Evaluation for the diagnosis involves:
Since glaucoma can cause irreversible vision loss, treatment is aimed at preventing vision loss and halting its progression. It is essential to begin treatment as soon as the diagnosis is made in order to prevent visual deterioration.
Treating glaucoma successfully is a team effort between you and your ophthalmologist. Your ophthalmologist will determine the individualised treatment plan which may include a combination of treatments depending on the progression and severity of the glaucomatous condition. Patients are expected to see their doctor every 3-6 months for intraocular pressure checks and follow up studies.