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"Is vision loss caused by glaucoma reversible?"
A friend of mine experienced a little vision loss and a doctor later diagnosed him with glaucoma. Will he regain vision in his eye, or is the vision loss for life?
Glaucoma is one of the leading causes of blindness in the United States. It occurs when the fluid pressure inside the eyes slowly rise, damaging the optic nerve. Early diagnosis and treatment can minimize or prevent optic nerve damage and limit vision loss, so please schedule a visit with an ophthalmologist as soon as possible. There are different types of glaucoma. Open-angle glaucoma is chronic due to gradual loss of peripheral vision. It can mostly be managed with medications. Most people can be treated successfully with eye drops. You may also be given pills to lower pressure in the eye. The other type is angle-closure glaucoma which is acute and a medical emergency that requires hospitalization. You need treatment for angle-closure glaucoma right away to save your vision. Blindness will occur in a few days if it is not treated. There is no cure or regain of vision loss but glaucoma can usually be controlled. Again I strongly recommend a visit with your doctor to help you manage your symptoms. Regular check-ups are needed to prevent blindness. If left untreated, glaucoma will cause more progressive vision loss normally in the following stages: (1) blind spots in your peripheral vision, (2) tunnel vision, (3) total blindness. Hope this helps.
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