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Unfortunately, it is not possible to estimate the chances of maintaining a person's vision once they have been diagnosed with glaucoma.
Glaucoma is not curable, but it is manageable. Often glaucoma can be managed with medication and/or surgery. This means that further loss of vision may be halted. However, glaucoma is a chronic disease that must be treated for life.
With early detection, open-angle glaucoma usually responds well to medication. It will be important that you carefully follow your medication regimen to continually preserve a healthy eye pressure and prevent vision loss.
Glaucoma can lead to blindness if it is left untreated. Approximately 10% of people with glaucoma who do receive treatment still experience some loss of vision.
Last reviewed on October 29, 2017