Like diabetes, glaucoma can be kept under excellent control in most cases by drugs – the advantage is that usually the patient only needs to put an eye drop once or twice a day. In the initial stage, the patient may need to take oral tablets for a short time and then can be maintained on eye drops. Your eye surgeon will determine the ‘target pressure’, that he judges, is safe for your eye. He will try and keep your eye pressure at or below the ‘target pressure’ so as to prevent optic nerve damage. He will monitor this by calling you at regular intervals to check your pressure, look at the optic nerve and check your visual fields. Depending on these parameters, he may change or add new eye drops from time to time. Alternatively, if he is not happy with the response of your eye to medical therapy, he may resort to surgery.
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