What Is End-Stage Glaucoma, And How Serious Is It? (Will Blindness Occur?)

Dr. Rhee answers the question: 'How Serious Is End-Stage Glaucoma?'

ByDouglas Rhee, M.D., glaucoma surgeon, Massachusetts Eye and Ear Infirmary
December 23, 2008, 5:52 PM

Aug. 24, 2009— -- Question: What is end-stage glaucoma, and how serious is it? (Will blindness occur?)

Answer: End-stage glaucoma is generally the term we apply when there is very advanced disease. It is a very serious situation because that means there's not very much healthy tissue left. In other words, there has been a lot of visual damage. Blindness doesn't always occur once you've reached the advanced stage; however, the risk of blindness becomes much higher.

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