Weight loss is the most important treatment for IIH. Many medical research studies have shown that losing weight is very effective at reducing the fluid pressure, headaches and problems with vision. Research suggest that weight loss of 5-10% will significantly improve the condition. Your eye specialist may refer you to your GP to start a weight loss programme.
Your doctors may prescribe a medicine that will help lower the fluid production in your body. Medications must be used alongside weight loss. Surgery is only considered when weight loss and medications have failed and there are significant visual problems arising from the condition. Your eye specialist will refer you to a neurosurgeon if these treatments are needed.