What is it?

Ocular hypertension refers to conditions in which the intraocular pressure is higher than normal, but without any damage caused to the optic nerve or vision loss. Ocular hypertension is when the eye pressure is greater than 21 mmHg. People who have high intraocular pressure should be monitored closely for the onset of glaucoma. High intraocular pressure is caused due to imbalance in the production and drainage of fluid in the eye.

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Signs & symptoms

Typically, people with ocular hypertension do not experience any symptoms.


Ocular hypertension is diagnosed in an eye exam, during a test that measures intraocular pressure called tonometry. Further tests may be done to rule out glaucoma. Tests include visual acuity test, slit lamp exam and other special tests.


Ocular hypertension is treated with eye drops.

☝️ This is not a substitute for professional medical advice. Please consult with your physician before making any medical decision.

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