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Your eyes are important. These answers are provided by UW Health ophthalmologists and optometrists to help you understand more about your eyes. As always, see your eye doctor for personal information.


Featured Question: How is glaucoma treated?


Glaucoma is treated by lowering the intraocular pressure, the pressure inside the eye. Medical treatment using eye drops and laser treatment are most commonly used to lower the pressure.


If those treatments do not work well enough, surgery can be performed in an operating room to create an alternative drain in the eye. Since this type of surgery carries a greater risk, it is usually saved for situations in which medicine and lasers already have been tried.


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