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June 27, 2013

What is Ocular Hypertension?

hypertensive-ocular-diseaseOcular hypertension is a rise in pressure in your eyes, above the range considered normal but with no noticeable changes in vision or damage to the structure of your eyes. Eye pressure is measured in millimeters of mercury (mmHg). The pressure in healthy eyes ranges from 10 to 21 mmHg. When eye pressure is greater than 21 mmHg the patient is diagnosed with ocular hypertension. Most sufferers from ocular hypertension do not experience any symptoms at all. Visiting your local Doctors Vision Center eye doctor for regular comprehensive eye exams is imperative to rule out any harm or impairment to the optic nerve from the high pressure.

Alone, ocular hypertension is not considered an eye disease. The title “ocular hypertension” is used to discern the condition of individuals who should be observed more closely for the emergence of glaucoma. There is no cure for the condition, but through regular eye examinations with your family eye doctor, its advancement to glaucoma can be detected and treated if necessary.

Regular comprehensive eye exams include being screened for ocular hypertension and glaucoma and are particularly important for those with the strongest risk factors. Those risk factors include:

  • Advanced age, particularly people who are over 50
  • African or African-Caribbean descent
  • Family history of glaucoma
  • Near-sightedness (myopia)
  • History or stress or anxiety
  • Smoking
  • Diabetes

It is important to note that the majority of people that suffer from ocular hypertension do not have any symptoms. So, if you find that you match any of the characteristics above, be sure to ask your local Doctors Vision Center eye doctor about your risk for developing ocular hypertension. Inquire about whether or not you should be screened for both ocular hypertension and glaucoma. Why wait? Make your appointment now. We look forward to seeing you and thank you for trusting your eye care with Doctors Vision Center.

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