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Hello! My sister goes to see her doctor at least once a year. She does a complete check up; she checks her blood, blood pressure, eyes and heart. Last time her family doctor sent her to ophthalmologist who discovered a high eye pressure. He prescribed some eye drops and scheduled another check up in two months. Would having high eye pressure cause glaucoma?

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Hello! High intraocular pressure is considered a strong risk factor in glaucoma as well as positive family history in a first degree relative, race (blacks), suspicious optic nerve appearance and central corneal thickness less then 0,5mm. The value of 21 mmHg has been accepted as a good way to separate the normal eye pressure from a pressure which could cause glaucoma. Of course, it doesn’t necessarily mean that everyone with high intraocular pressure will have glaucoma. It only means they are at higher risk. Reducing the eye pressure with eye drops will decrease the chances of developing glaucoma in the future.
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