Does increased eye pressure mean that one has glaucoma?

Although the normal pressure lies between 10-21 mmHg, even if your pressure is more than 21 mmHg you may not have glaucoma. A person is diagnosed to have glaucoma only if the optic nerve is damaged. In addition if your cornea is thicker, then the eye pressure may be over-estimated by the measuring instrument. If you have increased eye pressure but no damage to the optic nerve, you do not have glaucoma but you are at an increased risk for developing it, and should discuss management with your ophthalmologist.

This condition is known as ocular hypertension (see Ocular hypertension and Intraocular pressure).

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Important message for glaucoma patients

It is important for you to get yourself regularly screened for glaucoma. If you have been diagnosed to have glaucoma, effective treatment options are now available and regular treatment and follow up can help you to preserve your vision for your lifetime, avoiding unnecessary fear of going blind.

You can live happily with glaucoma and enjoy an excellent quality of life, particularly if the disease is detected early and treated in time. Always remember that once you have glaucoma, you will have to be under the care of an eye doctor for the rest of your life.

There is a lot of research going on and new treatments may become available for glaucoma in the near future.

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