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Glaucoma is a group of eye diseases that damage the optic nerve at the back of your eye. This can cause vision loss. Although the cause of glaucoma isn't clear, experts think it's often related to a buildup of pressure in the eye. The result can be a slow, permanent loss of vision. Sometimes both eyes are affected. Other times, one eye is more damaged than the other.
Your doctor may have told you that you are a glaucoma suspect. That usually means you have pressure in your eye, but it hasn't done damage. If you see your doctor regularly and follow your treatment plan, you may be able to prevent vision loss.
If you have glaucoma, your doctor will want to watch you closely. You will probably use medicated eyedrops every day. Your doctor may also recommend surgery. Treatment for glaucoma cannot give you back any lost vision. But it can prevent more vision loss.
Follow-up care is a key part of your treatment and safety. Be sure to make and go to all appointments, and call your doctor or nurse advice line (811 in most provinces and territories) if you are having problems. It's also a good idea to know your test results and keep a list of the medicines you take.
Call your doctor or nurse advice line now or seek immediate medical care if:
Watch closely for changes in your health, and be sure to contact your doctor or nurse advice line if:
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Current as of: October 12, 2022
Author: Healthwise Staff
Medical Review:Adam Husney MD - Family Medicine & Christopher J. Rudnisky MD, MPH, FRCSC - Ophthalmology
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