Intraocular pressure (eye pressure) is normal because your eyes are always filled with some level of fluid, which drains and refills on its own. But what happens if your eyes don’t drain the way they’re supposed to?
If your eyes aren’t regulating their fluid levels normally, it could lead to high eye pressure (ocular hypertension). To put it simply, this means that the eyes have a higher level of fluid than they should, which results in more pressure.
Are There Symptoms of High Eye Pressure?
Oddly enough, most people with ocular hypertension don’t know they have it. It doesn’t normally come with any pain or discomfort, which means it can go unnoticed unless an eye doctor discovers it.
The problem with this is that high eye pressure can be a symptom of a bigger problem. While high eye pressure isn’t a disease in its own right, it could be an indicator of a condition such as glaucoma; a disease that damages the optic nerve and can cause blindness.
Okay, Then How Do I Know?
Simple—You ask your eye doctor to check during your routine exam! If your eye pressure levels are high but there are no other issues, it should be manageable with simple medications. The goal is to handle it before it leads to something more serious.
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