Ocular Hypertension Symptoms: Recognizing the Warning Signs Eye Care March 11, 2024

Ocular Hypertension Symptoms: Recognizing the Warning Signs

The front of our eyes contains a clear fluid that nourishes tissues and helps maintain their shape. This fluid needs to be constantly drained to ensure a healthy pressure level. However, when the drainage becomes clogged, the fluid accumulates, creating higher-than-normal pressure within the eyes, leading to ocular hypertension.

This elevated pressure can potentially damage the optic nerve and lead to glaucoma—a more severe eye condition that may result in permanent vision loss if untreated. Eyeonce Eye Clinic’s eye care professionals will not let it happen, so they ruled out several treatment options that would address ocular hypertension effectively

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Causes and Risk Factors

Here is a comprehensive insight into the possible causes and risk factors of ocular hypertension:

  • Fluid drainage disruption – As mentioned above, the eyes must maintain a healthy balance of fluid production and drainage to regulate pressure. When the drainage is compromised, fluid accumulates, increasing intraocular pressure.
  • Genetics and family history – You are likely to inherit genetic factors that influence the efficiency of the eye’s drainage system if you have a family history of ocular hypertension or glaucoma.
  • Eye trauma or surgery – Previous eye traumas and injuries can alter the eye’s internal structures, affecting the drainage pathways. Any scar tissue or eye shape changes may contribute to elevated pressure.
  • Medical conditions – Certain conditions like diabetes, high blood pressure, and heart disease impact blood vessels throughout the body, including those in the eyes. These medical conditions can disrupt the balance of fluid dynamics within the eye, leading to elevated pressure.
  • Medications – Steroids are known to affect the production and drainage of fluid within the eye, potentially leading to increased pressure.
  • Hormonal changes – Hormonal fluctuations can influence fluid dynamics in the eye. These changes can lead to a temporary increase in intraocular pressure.
  • Ethnicity – Ethnic background can play a role in ocular hypertension risk. For instance, individuals of African or Hispanic descent have a higher prevalence of ocular hypertension due to ethnic disparities due to genetic factors influencing eye structure and fluid dynamics.

Other causes, such as age, ethnicity, and corneal thickness, can be associated with ocular hypertension. Regular eye exams with a reliable eye doctor like Dr. Paik Dong Won or Dr. Jung Sae Rom are crucial to help monitor your eye health and prevent potential vision issues caused by ocular hypertension.


Diagnosis and Treatment

At Eyeonce Eye Clinic, we prioritize providing comprehensive information for your eye health, following these procedures:


  • Tonometry – It is a standard test for diagnosing ocular hypertension, which involves measuring the pressure inside your eyes using a tonometer.
  • Visual field testing – Our ophthalmologists conduct this test to evaluate your peripheral vision and detect any abnormalities indicative of optic nerve damage, a hallmark sign of ocular hypertension.
  • Optical Coherence Tomography (ICT) – OCT creates detailed cross-sectional images of your eye’s structures, enabling our eye care professionals to assess your optic nerve and retina’s health.

Treatment Options

  • Prescription eye drops – These specialized eye drops work by reducing intraocular pressure. Our eye doctors will determine the most suitable eye drops for your condition.
  • Surgery – In some instances where other methods did not work, surgical interventions might be considered. Some options include:
  • Trabeculectomy – A surgical procedure that creates a small drainage opening in the white of the eye to reduce pressure.
  •  Laser Trabeculoplasty – A laser improves fluid drainage by treating the eye’s drainage system.
  •  Drainage Implant Surgery – A small device is implanted to facilitate drainage and regulate intraocular pressure.

Aside from the treatment options above, Eyeonce’s eye doctors suggest adopting a healthy lifestyle, such as regular exercise, a balanced diet, and avoiding smoking. We emphasize the importance of accurate diagnosis and tailored treatment for ocular hypertension. Our team, headed by Dr. Paik Don Won, is committed to guiding you every step of the way. 

Why choose Eyeonce Eye Clinic Gangnam for ocular hypertension treatment?

Utmost Patient Care

Our eye care professionals and staff ensure to give you your money’s worth. We guarantee you receive the best medication possible and assure you that you are guided and understood, making you feel comfortable and confident at every step. 

Comprehensive Consultation

Eyeonce Eye Clinic offers comprehensive eye examinations to evaluate your condition and determine the best eye strain treatment. Our ophthalmologists take their time to cater to your questions and address your concerns, ensuring you make an informed decision about our vision correction options.

Expert Eye Doctors

Our ophthalmologists, Head Director Dr. Paik Dong Won and Medical Director Dr. Jung Sae Rom, are highly knowledgeable and adept in treating eye strain. They always use the latest techniques and technologies to ensure optimal results.

Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)

Immunotherapy, such as allergy shots or sublingual tablets, can provide long-term relief by desensitizing the immune system to allergens.

If over-the-counter treatments do not provide relief or symptoms worsen, it is advisable to consult an eye care professional for proper evaluation and treatment

Ocular allergies themselves do not typically lead to vision loss. However, persistent rubbing and itching of the eyes can potentially contribute to eye irritation and discomfort.


Understanding and managing ocular hypertension is a crucial step toward protecting your vision. At Eyeonce, we are dedicated to supporting you on your journey to healthy eyes. Our expert eye doctors provide personalized guidance and comprehensive care using the latest eye technologies. Your eyes deserve the best care. Schedule an appointment with Eyeonce Eye Clinic today and embark on a path to lifelong eye wellness.