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Exploring Ocular Hypertension

Hypertension is the medical term that doctors use to describe people who are suffering from high blood pressure. Ocular hypertension is the term that a Miami Beach eye doctor uses to describe patients that are suffering from increased intraocular pressure. Most people know that glaucoma is an ocular condition in which people suffer from increased eye pressure, but ocular hypertension is not the same as glaucoma– it’s more of a precursor to the condition. Those who have abnormally high intraocular pressure will need to be closely monitored by eye doctors in Miami to ensure that they do not develop glaucoma. People with ocular hypertension have higher eye pressure than normal, but it has not begun to affect their optic nerves, which is when this condition is considered to have developed into glaucoma.

What Causes People to Have Ocular Hypertension?

There are many known causes of increased eye pressure, and most of them can be treated quite easily. If a Miami optometrist can catch someone’s increased eye pressure before it develops into glaucoma, then they can treat it effectively and stop any damage from coming to the optic nerves. Damage to the optical nerve is irreparable, which is why this condition is taken so seriously.

● Blockages in the eye’s drainage canal can cause increased ocular pressure. The blockages can usually be removed with a special tool or a stent being placed into the canal.

● Improper tear production within the eye.

● Certain eye diseases can also cause increased intraocular pressure.

● People with diabetes are at a higher risk of developing increased intraocular pressure.

● Extremely nearsighted people can also develop this condition.

Treating Ocular Hypertension

It’s important to be examined by your eye doctor in Miami as often as they recommend, especially if you have a family history of glaucoma. There are usually no symptoms of increased eye pressure, but an eye doctor will be able to tell if you are dealing with this condition by conducting regular examinations. If it’s determined that you do in fact have higher than normal eye pressure, then your eye doctor will determine the cause of it and come up with an effective treatment plan. Steroid eye drops, minor surgical procedures, and many other things can be done to alleviate the pressure within your eye(s).

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