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What sort of problem is acute angle closure glaucoma?

What sort of problem is acute angle closure glaucoma?

Acute Angle closure: Acute angle-closure glaucoma is a sudden severe rise in intraocular pressure that occurs when the iris blocks the eye's trabecular meshwork , where the eye's fluid drains. ...Read more

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Dr. Robert Chang
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Glaucoma (Definition)

Glaucoma refers to a group of eye conditions that lead to damage to the optic nerve, the nerve that carries visual information from the eye to the brain. In many cases, damage to the optic nerve is due to increased pressure in the eye, also known ...Read more


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What are the most common symptoms of acute angle closure glaucoma?

What are the most common symptoms of acute angle closure glaucoma?

Eye pain: that can be severe within the eye or come in the form of pressure or headache around the eye or forehead. This pain can often be mistaken for sinus pressure. There can also be redness in the eye, blurred vision, and halos around lights. With a sudden pressure rise in the eye, there can also be nausea and vomiting. These symptoms require prompt evaluation and treatment. Good luck! ...Read more

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What is the treatment for acute angle closure glaucoma?

Meds or laser: Angle closure happens when the drainage system of the eye gets blocked abruptly, causing intense pain from high pressure. The first step is medications (several different eye drops and a pill). In some cases, a laser is needed to create a new drainage system emergently. If left too long, vision loss is permanent, so get treated immediately. ...Read more

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My mom gets acute angle closure glaucoma, so am I likely to get it later?

Possible: Yes, its certainly possible. It really depends on whether its primary or secondary. Your ophthalmologist would be able to let you know after examining your eyes. ...Read more

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My sister says she has acute angle closure glaucoma. Are family members more likely to get the same thing?

Can run in families: Yes. Angle closure glaucoma is more common in asians, women, older patients, and far-sighted patients. Family history of angle closure glaucoma is also a risk factor. You should be seen by an eye doctor to decide if you are at risk for angle closure glaucoma. ...Read more

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How common is it for somebody to get acute angle closure glaucoma?

Very uncommon: And preventable. One of the reasons we recommend routine yearly exams is to look for this problem, and prevent it. If narrow, occludable angles are found, a simple laser can eliminate the issue by creating an alternate pathway for fluid. ...Read more

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Is acute angle closure glaucoma painful?

Very painful: Acute angle closure glaucoma is a painful and potentially blinding disease, that is responsible for about 10% of all glaucomas. It is caused by the iris (color of the eye) blocking the drain on the inside of the eyeball. This leads to sudden and severe pressure elevation, with ensuing pain and cloudy vision. If not treated promptly, it will result in permanent blindness. ...Read more

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What sort of problem is acute angle closure glaucoma?

Acute Angle closure: Acute angle-closure glaucoma is a sudden severe rise in intraocular pressure that occurs when the iris blocks the eye's trabecular meshwork , where the eye's fluid drains. ...Read more

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Acute angle-closure glaucoma. So what's this?

Acute angle-closure glaucoma. So what's this?

Eye emergency: Symptomatic painful red eye with decreased vision, typically from pupillary block, that leads to acute angle closure with very elevated pressures and at high risk for eye damage if the attack is not broken. The cornea gets cloudy, should be checked out right away. ...Read more

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