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    Is glaucoma reversible?

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    Glaucoma Australia is the peak glaucoma awareness/education/support association in Australia.It is a national, not-for-profit registered charity dedicated to providing educational services to raise awareness about … View Profile

    Unfortunately, glaucoma cannot be reversed but it can be controlled. Any nerve damage that has already occurred from glaucoma cannot be recovered. However, further damage can be prevented or at least slowed down by reducing the eye pressure with either eye drops, laser or surgery. The great majority of treated glaucoma patients retain useful vision for the rest of the lives and do not go blind.

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    Dr Colin Clement

    Ophthalmologist (Eye Specialist)

    We are currently unable to reverse the optic nerve damage associated with glaucoma. This is because the optic nerve is made up of neurons, the same cell type that is found in the brain, and these have little or no capacity to regenerate when damaged. This is why it is so important to detect the presence of glaucoma early as this allows the commencement of treatment that can prevent further damage.

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