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do narrow angle glaucoma numbers require treatment?

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Dr. Olav Jaren
Neurology 19 years experience
Glaucoma Rx: With narrow angle glaucoma, raised pressure causes decreased visual acuity and sometimes pain and redness. Treatment may consist of a quick laser surgery to allow the pressure to subside. An alternate treatment may be oral medicine or eye drops. Let your eye provider help you decide when to treat. There is no magic number. It is important to keep the pressure within normal to prevent damage.

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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.
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A 35-year-old member asked:

Can a person affected by narrow angle glaucoma use contact lenses?

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Dr. Robert Chang
Specializes in Ophthalmology
Yes: It is best to remove contact lens when administering glaucoma eye drops. Also contact lens may be more difficult to use after glaucoma trabeculectomy surgery.
A 45-year-old member asked:

Can you tell me what is the difference between narrow-angle glaucoma and closed-angle glaucoma?

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Dr. David Kira
Ophthalmology 21 years experience
Yes: Narrow angle glaucoma means the drainage system in the eye is blocked off by internal eye structures and can result in acute dramatic pressure rises. Open angle means the drainage system is grossly open but the fine meshwork has too much resistance. This is a slow process.
A 36-year-old member asked:

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.
A 46-year-old member asked:

Can people who have narrow angle glaucoma use contact lenses?

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Dr. Richard Bensinger
Ophthalmology 52 years experience
Of course: If you know you have narrow angle glaucoma, you probably have had the diagnosis made and the treatment (laser peripheral iridotomy) already administered. There is no relationship between these features and the ability to wear contacts. So if that is your wish, discuss with you ophthalmologist to get the proper design and fit.

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