When you have intraocular pressure, it could lead to the development of Glaucoma and vision loss. However, not everyone’s abnormally high pressure is caused by the same thing. Ocular hypertension could be caused by trauma, high fluid production, poor drainage, medications and thin corneas. Read on to learn more about each cause of high pressure in the eye.
Sometimes eye trauma does not affect intraocular pressure right away. It can take years for the injury to cause an upswing in aqueous production or a decline in the eye’s ability to drain the fluid. However, if you have ever experienced an eye injury, you should make sure that your optometrist is aware of the injury because it could increase your chances of developing this type of high pressure in your eye.
If your eye produces too much of the clear fluid known as aqueous, it could lead to a higher-than-normal pressure. Some production of this liquid is important for your eye health, but too much could increase the pressure in your inner eye.
Your eye may produce the correct amount of aqueous, but the fluid may not be able to drain properly from your eye. This could be because the trabecular meshwork, which is where this fluid drains through, is blocked. No matter why the drainage is slow, too much fluid in your eye could lead to ocular hypertension.
There are certain medications that could affect your eye’s pressure. Before you change any of your medications, you should talk with your primary care physician and your eye doctor. Some patients who have to take steroids to treat asthma or after LASIK may need to have more frequent exams with the optometrist.
Some people are more predisposed to develop ocular hypertension. For example, anyone who was born with an unusually thin cornea, which would be measured by the central thickness, could be at a higher risk of developing high intraocular pressure.
You can better monitor the pressure in your eyes by scheduling regular eye exams with your optometrist near The Villages, FL. To learn more about high pressure in your eye, contact us at (352) 674-3937 or request an appointment with our online form.