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Residual stage of open-angle glaucoma Save

ICD-10 code: H40.15

Chapter: Diseases of the eye and adnexia

Understanding the Residual Stage of Open-Angle Glaucoma

Open-angle glaucoma is a progressive eye disease that can lead to irreversible vision loss. It is important to detect and treat it early to prevent further damage to the optic nerve. However, in some cases, despite treatment, the disease can reach a residual stage.

The residual stage of open-angle glaucoma is the point at which the disease has been controlled, but some damage to the optic nerve has already occurred. This means that while the disease may not progress further, the patient may still have some vision loss.

  1. Symptoms: In the residual stage of open-angle glaucoma, there may not be any noticeable symptoms. The patient may have already adapted to the vision loss, and regular eye exams may be the only way to detect any changes in the condition.
  2. Treatment: The main goal of treatment in the residual stage of open-angle glaucoma is to maintain the patient's current level of vision and prevent further damage. This may include continuing with medications or other treatments that were prescribed during the active stage of the disease. The patient may also need to undergo regular eye exams to monitor the condition.
  3. Prevention: The best way to prevent open-angle glaucoma from reaching the residual stage is to detect and treat it early. Regular eye exams are crucial, especially for those at higher risk of developing the disease, such as older adults, people with a family history of glaucoma, and those with certain medical conditions.

If you have been diagnosed with open-angle glaucoma, it is important to work closely with your eye doctor and follow their treatment plan. While the residual stage may mean some vision loss, proper treatment and monitoring can help prevent further damage and maintain your current level of vision.

Remember to prioritize your eye health by scheduling regular eye exams and discussing any concerns with your eye doctor.