The most common treatment for glaucoma is the use of topical medication or prescription eye drops. The purpose of the drops is to reduce intraocular pressure, or IOP, to prevent further vision loss.
Some drops prescribed by your eye doctor will relax the eye muscles in the interior structure to allow better outflow of fluids, reducing the buildup of eye pressure. Other drops may decrease the amount of production of aqueous humor, the clear fluid filling the space in the front of the eyeball between the lens and the cornea.
In some emergency situations, oral medication may be prescribed to help reduce your risk of vision loss.
For your own safety and well-being, it’s important to be consistent with your daily glaucoma medication. Forgetting to take the drops or failure to comply with treatment can cause your glaucoma to progress and eventually lead to blindness.
If you are struggling with the treatment schedule or find the drops uncomfortable, do not stop. Consult with your doctor about possible alternatives.
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