Increased eye pressure is the primary cause of glaucoma, but not all instances of increased eye pressure lead to glaucoma, states AllAboutVision.com. Glaucoma is a condition in which the optical nerve becomes damaged, leading to vision loss. Early diagnosis and treatment of increased eye pressure can prevent glaucoma or vision loss.
When a doctor discovers that a patient has increased eye pressure, they may prescribe eye drops to relieve the pressure or suggest other treatments, such as surgery, to prevent optical nerve damage. Patients with increased eye pressure should receive regular eye exams with careful monitoring in order to prevent glaucoma from developing, especially if they have other risk factors for this condition, notes AllAboutVision.com.