It is important to monitor ocular hypertension closely and to reduce it before it causes vision loss or damage to the optic nerve. Depending upon your individual case and how high your intraocular pressure is found to be, your Eye M.D. may decide not to initiate treatment immediately but instead monitor your intraocular pressure through regularly scheduled testing.
In other cases, your Eye M.D. may decide that medication is needed to reduce your intraocular pressure. Pressure-lowering eyedrops can improve your ocular hypertension, but it is important for you to adhere to your prescribed regimen for them to work effectively.
In some cases, your Eye M.D. may prescribe more than one medication. When prescribing medication, he or she will schedule a visit within several weeks to test your eye pressure again in order to determine how effective the medication is in treating your ocular hypertension.
Many patients with ocular hypertension may go on to develop primary open-angle glaucoma, which almost always requires therapy to lower intraocular pressure. If that is the case, your Eye M.D. will discuss treatment options.