There is no cure for glaucoma yet. Until researchers can find out specifically what causes this condition, it is unlikely that a cure will be found. Although there is currently no glaucoma or way of reversing the disease, you can take certain preventive measures to protect your vision.
At this point, there is no glaucoma cure, nor is there a way to reverse this condition. Vision lost from glaucoma cannot be restored. Until glaucoma research scientists know specifically what causes this condition (see Causes of Glaucoma), it is unlikely that a cure will be found.
There are, however, some things that a person can do to possibly protect his or her vision. These include:
- If you are undergoing glaucoma treatment, be sure to take your glaucoma medications every day. While there is no cure, glaucoma can usually be controlled with proper treatment.
- See your eye care professional regularly.
- You can also help protect the vision of family members and friends who may be at high risk for glaucoma: African Americans over age 40, everyone over age 60 (especially Mexican Americans), and people with a family history of the disease. Encourage them to have a comprehensive dilated eye exam at least once every two years. Lowering eye pressure in the early stages slows progression of the disease and helps save vision.
- Medicare covers an annual comprehensive dilated eye exam for some people at high risk for glaucoma. This includes those with diabetes, those with a family history of glaucoma, and African Americans age 50 and older.