Medical Definition of Glaucoma, normal tension

  • Medical Author:
    William C. Shiel Jr., MD, FACP, FACR

    Dr. Shiel received a Bachelor of Science degree with honors from the University of Notre Dame. There he was involved in research in radiation biology and received the Huisking Scholarship. After graduating from St. Louis University School of Medicine, he completed his Internal Medicine residency and Rheumatology fellowship at the University of California, Irvine. He is board-certified in Internal Medicine and Rheumatology.

Reviewed on 12/11/2018

Glaucoma, normal tension: Glaucoma in which the intraocular pressure is normal but there is progressive optic nerve damage and visual field loss. Risk factors include a family history of normal tension glaucoma, Japanese ancestry, and a history of heart disease. This disorder is believed due to poor blood flow to the optic nerve or other impairment of the optic nerve. Treatment is to keep eye pressures as low as possible with eye drops, laser or other eye surgery. Also known as low tension glaucoma or normal pressure glaucoma.

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Reviewed on 12/11/2018