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What are my chances of going blind if I am diagnosed with glaucoma?

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

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