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Is glaucoma curable?

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Dr. Robert Chang
Ophthalmology
4 doctors agree

In brief: No

The answer depends on how you define curable.
We don't eliminate glaucoma with today's therapies, and we currently cannot restore vision that is permanently lost due to glaucomatous damage. However, we lower the intraocular pressure through medications, laser, or surgery in order to slow down or halt the rate of glaucoma progression so that you can outlive losing your sight.

In brief: No

The answer depends on how you define curable.
We don't eliminate glaucoma with today's therapies, and we currently cannot restore vision that is permanently lost due to glaucomatous damage. However, we lower the intraocular pressure through medications, laser, or surgery in order to slow down or halt the rate of glaucoma progression so that you can outlive losing your sight.
Dr. Robert Chang
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Dr. Jodi Luchs
Ophthalmology - LASIK Surgery
1 doctor agrees

In brief: Controllable

Glaucoma is treatable, not really curable - like high blood pressure.
Treatments include topical medications, oral medications, laser treatments or surgical procedures. Constant monitoring is required to ensure the condition is controlled adequately and that is does not progress.

In brief: Controllable

Glaucoma is treatable, not really curable - like high blood pressure.
Treatments include topical medications, oral medications, laser treatments or surgical procedures. Constant monitoring is required to ensure the condition is controlled adequately and that is does not progress.
Dr. Jodi Luchs
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Dr. Jeffrey Paul
Ophthalmology

In brief: Usually controllable

Most types of glaucoma have no symptoms in the early stages, and are not curable in the usual sense that treatment is required for a short time and can then be stopped.
Most cases can be controlled with medications, usually eyedrops, and sometimes laser treatment or surgery. Some types of glaucoma can be "cured" with a single laser treatment, but those patients require ongoing monitoring too.

In brief: Usually controllable

Most types of glaucoma have no symptoms in the early stages, and are not curable in the usual sense that treatment is required for a short time and can then be stopped.
Most cases can be controlled with medications, usually eyedrops, and sometimes laser treatment or surgery. Some types of glaucoma can be "cured" with a single laser treatment, but those patients require ongoing monitoring too.
Dr. Jeffrey Paul
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Dr. Sarab Alfata
Family Medicine

In brief: Yes

The purpose of treatment is to save the optical nerve from damage and to normalize the pressure inside the eye.
This can be done mostly by surgery.

In brief: Yes

The purpose of treatment is to save the optical nerve from damage and to normalize the pressure inside the eye.
This can be done mostly by surgery.
Dr. Sarab Alfata
Dr. Sarab Alfata
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