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What is ocular hypertension (OHT)?

Ocular hypertension is when the pressure of fluid in the eye is higher than normal. People with ocular hypertension are at a greater risk of developing a condition called glaucoma.

Who is affected by ocular hypertension?

Eye pressure slowly rises with increasing age, so ocular hypertension is mainly found in people aged over 40. However, it can occur at any age.

What are the symptoms of ocular hypertension?

Most people with ocular hypertension do not experience any symptoms. However your optometrist can pick it up during your eye examination, and will continue to monitor you to make sure you do not develop glaucoma which can cause damage to your optic nerve.

How do you treat ocular hypertension?

As OHT does not cause any damage to your vision, it does not need any treatment. However, you should be regularly monitored to make sure you do not develop glaucoma.. If the pressure inside your eye is very high, even if it is not causing any damage to your sight, your optometrist or ophthalmologist may recommend eye drops or surgery to lower the pressure as a preventative measure.