Why your treatment may differ from others’
No two patients are alike. One may tolerate high intraocular eye pressure (IOP) - considered a risk factor for certain types of glaucoma such as open-angle glaucoma - better than other. Another patient can have what is considered "normal" eye pressure, and still have damage to their optic nerve.1 That's why an exam is so important and why your doctor will recommend a course of action specific to your own situation.
Why your treatment options may change over time
For most people, treatment for high eye pressure will start with prescription eyedrops. This may include a single drop or a combination of different types, depending on your doctor’s treatment plan and how your body reacts to the medicines. If eyedrops do not lower intraocular pressure enough, your doctor may change the drops you’re taking or prescribe laser or conventional surgery.2 Even if you have surgery, it doesn’t necessarily mean you won’t have to take eyedrops any more,3 and some types of surgery may need to be repeated.4 While surgery can lower eye pressure, it cannot restore lost vision.5 All of these treatments are meant to lower intraocular pressure and help delay progression of the disease.