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Narrow angle glaucoma---who gets it? what is that?

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Dr. John Jarstad
Ophthalmology 37 years experience
Serious eye problem: Angle closure is when the outflow of aqueous humor is completely blocked and the eye pressure builds up to dangerous levels potentially causing blindness sometimes within 24 hours. It is more common in Asian and native american populations particularly in alaskan eskimos.
Dr. Jay Bradley
LASIK Surgery 18 years experience
Narrow angles: Narrow angle glaucoma is more common in persons of asian or inuit descent, females, those with family history of narrow angles or narrow angle glaucoma, far-sighted individuals, and older patients. It causes closure of the fluid drainage system of the eye and high pressures in the eyes which can cause optic nerve damage and loss of vision if not treated.

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A 38-year-old member asked:

Define narrow angle glaucoma?

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Dr. Richard Bensinger
Ophthalmology 52 years experience
Fluid obstruction: Narrow angle glaucoma is the condition in which the lens and iris are too far forward in the eye, and when pupillary dilation occurs some of these will have obstruction of the fluid outflow tract (meshwork) causing a dangerous elevation of the eye pressure (narrow angle glaucoma or acute glaucoma) which is a medical emergency.
A 36-year-old member asked:

What is the difference between narrow-angle glaucoma vs closed-angle glaucoma?

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Dr. Theodore Wu
Ophthalmology 22 years experience
Glaucoma: The angle is defined by the cornea and the iris. If the angle is narrow, there is less space for aqueous fluid to leave the eye through an area called the trabecular meshwork. A closed angle is completely blocked from aqueous egress. The treatment for this is a simple laser procedure. Contact your ophthalmologist if you are concerned about this condition.
A 33-year-old member asked:

What is narrow-angle glaucoma?

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Dr. David Chandler
Ophthalmology 33 years experience
Eye anatomy problem: The cornea of the eye comes down like a dome over the iris. Where the two meet is called the angle, and this is where fluid drains from the eye internally. In narrow-angle glaucoma, there is very little space between the cornea and the iris at the angle, and the drainage channels become physically blocked by the iris. This causes increased eye pressure, which then can lead to optic nerve damage.
A 21-year-old member asked:

What is the difference between narrow-angle glaucoma and other types of glaucoma?

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Dr. Robert Chang
Specializes in Ophthalmology
Narrow drain: Narrow angle glaucoma refers to when the drain or trabecular meshwork of the eye is blocked visually when viewed. In other words, there is scarring across the drain of the eye, or possibly a shallow anterior chamber (small eye) with a large lens makes the drain approach narrow with the iris up again the meshwork. This is differentiated from open angle though mixed states exist.
A 45-year-old member asked:

Can people affected by narrow angle glaucoma use contacts?

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Dr. Robert Chang
Specializes in Ophthalmology
Yes: Just need a correct corneal fitting, doesn't affect the drain of the eye.

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