Can Glaucoma be Cured?

Glaucoma, a progressive eye disease, affects millions worldwide. If left untreated, the disease – which is primarily characterized by elevated intraocular pressure (IOP) – can cause optic nerve damage and, ultimately, vision loss. As patients grapple with the consequences, a question often arises: Can glaucoma be cured? In this blog, our Las Vegas eye doctors delve into the current understanding of glaucoma treatment.

Firstly, it’s important to note there is currently no definitive cure for glaucoma,* as the damage the condition causes cannot be reversed. With that in mind, glaucoma is typically very manageable. Several treatments exist to lower IOP and possibly slow the disease’s progression. Depending on the severity of the issue, this may include medicated eye drops, laser surgery with selective laser trabeculoplasty (SLT), or minimally-invasive glaucoma surgery (MIGS).*

Until a universal cure is discovered, our greatest means of defense against glaucoma is early detection. At New Eyes, we believe in checking for glaucoma early and frequently, and we typically test patients for the condition during their comprehensive ocular exams. This can help us catch signs of glaucoma and start developing a customized treatment plan before symptoms have the chance to get worse.

To schedule an exam today or to learn more about glaucoma, we encourage you to contact New Eyes today.

Medical References*

National Eye Institute
Mayo Clinic