You can't feel high eye pressure.1
High intraocular eye pressure (IOP) usually has no symptoms until it has done permanent damage to your optic nerve. Which is why tracking your IOP can be a useful way to be reminded if you're staying within your doctor's target numbers. Remember: IOP is not the only way to determine your condition.
Drops for treating high eye pressure work in different ways.2
Your doctor can prescribe drops that help decrease how much fluid is produced in the eye (similar to turning off the faucet in a sink), improve the flow of fluid out of the eye (similar to opening the drain on a sink), or even those that do both. Learn more.
Eye pressure that's considered normal for one person may be of concern for another.3
Some patients with lower pressure can have open-angle glaucoma, and some with higher pressure may not have glaucoma. That's why your doctor considers many factors when diagnosing your condition.
If you have open-angle glaucoma, your family members may be at risk.4
Those who have a family member with open-angle glaucoma appear to be at higher risk than those who don't. It's important to note, however, that this doesn't mean you will develop the disease. And, also keep in mind, you can develop open-angle glaucoma without a family history of it.
9 out of 10 patients may not be taking their eyedrops correctly.5
Many people have trouble getting a drop into the eye, may touch the bottle to the surface of the eye, or get more than one drop in the eye instead of the prescribed single drop. Get tips on how to take drops here.