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Glaucoma Basics

This should introduce you to the basic concepts of open-angle glaucoma and its therapy. It is intended to increase your basic knowledge, allowing you to ask more questions that are specifically related to your type of glaucoma and where you are in the spectrum of the disease.

Medicine is an art and not a science. Although the treatment of glaucoma is based on many years of scientific investigations and upon a large volume of research, the treatment of glaucoma involves a great amount of diagnostic skill. It is difficult, for both the physician and patient, to treat a disease that has no symptoms until it produces blindness. Therapies for glaucoma involve long-term goals. These goals involve preserving the most amount of vision possible. A patient should realize, from the beginning, that it is impossible to return any vision lost from glaucoma. However, a patient most likely can keep most of vision he currently has.

Communication between the doctor and patient is paramount in the treatment of glaucoma. One of the best ways of combating blindness may be for you and our doctors to work together as a team. Our doctors believe that it is important for you to know as much about glaucoma as possible, so that you can ask the questions that are important to you. In fact, our doctors encourage you to ask these questions. They feel that the more you know, the more likely you are to be a better patient and comply with your therapy. The more you comply with your therapy, the better you are able to preserve your vision.