A 43-year-old member asked:
What is pigment dispersion syndrome (krukenberg's spindle)?
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Ophthalmology 30 years experience
Glaucoma risk: Pigmentary dispersion is a syndrome where pigment is liberated from the back to the iris due to chaffing and is released into the aqueous humor. The pigment gradually obstructs the drainage apparatus of the eye and in about 30% of the time, may cause enough elevation in the eye pressure to cause glaucoma (pigmentary glaucoma). Its more common in younger myopic males. Treatment is available.
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A 45-year-old member asked:
What causes pigment dispersion syndrome?
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Ophthalmology 52 years experience
Lens fibers rub iris: When the supporting lens fibers (zonules) of the lens are anteriorly placed on the lens, they can rub against the back of the iris leading to scraping off pigment which then circulates through the front of the eye. Most this is an interesting anatomical happening but in some cases the pigment clogs the eye drains causing glaucoma.
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Last updated Oct 31, 2015
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