Dr. Matthew Nutaitis of MUSC's Storm Eye Institute discusses whether glaucoma is a curable eye disease.
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Host: Is glaucoma curable? Cure is a funny word, right, because you don't ever lose your chance of getting this. It's not congenital glaucoma, it's a cure, okay. You get a successful surgery in, now the system more protected and secured, all agree to that. But for open-angle glaucoma, what you're doing is, you're either halting progression or slowing about, so that the patient, as far as a patient is concerned, they are not going to have trouble in their life-time. But, if they were to come off with a therapy, then they are at risk of having a problem still. So there is no cure in the sense of the way that you do something, it goes away for open-angle glaucoma. For some of the secondary ones, if you have somebody who has glaucoma, because they wait as long as their cataract taken out and it's leaking lens proteins and causing high pressures, then you do the cataract surgery, you can cure that, because you solve the secondary problem.