Prevention and treatment
In the case of congenital glaucoma, it’s very important to undergo a medical examination as early as possible. The ophthalmologist can then prescribe a treatment protocol to prevent the disease from developing any further.
Generally speaking, everyone who’s approaching the age of 40 should have their eyes checked by an ophthalmologist, who can employ simple procedures to check the field of vision, the fundus and intraocular pressure.
In the case of open-angle glaucoma, the doctor can prescribe a treatment to slow down progression of the disease. However, any sight that has already been lost cannot be restored. On the other hand, laser surgery is an option for closed-angle glaucoma: the ophthalmologist cuts a hole in the iris, which then regulates intraocular pressure. In this case, treatment represents a cure.