How is glaucoma treated?
As a rule, damage caused by glaucoma cannot be reversed. Eye drops, pills, laser, and surgical operations are used to prevent or slow further damage from occurring. With any type of glaucoma, periodic examinations are very important to prevent vision loss. Because glaucoma can worsen without your being aware of it, your treatment may need to be changed over time.
Loss of vision can be prevented. Regular medical eye exams may help prevent unnecessary vision loss. Recommended intervals for eye exams are:
- Age 20-39: Individuals of African descent or with a family history of glaucoma should have a medical exam every 3 to 5 years. Everyone in this age group should have an eye exam every 3-5 years especially individuals of African descent or with family history of glaucoma.
- Age 40-64: Every 2 to 4 years
- Age 65 or older: Every 1 to 2 years.