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

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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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?

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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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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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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Is acute angle closure glaucoma painful?

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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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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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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Will acute angle closure glaucoma stop me from going on my vacation?

Yes: Acute angle closure is very painful and would likely put you in the er. Pain, redness, decreased vision, nausea, sometimes vomiting, etc. It's important to see an ophthalmologist to break the attack asap. A preventative laser can be done for those at high risk of acute angle closure. ...Read more

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What is the definition or description of: acute angle closure glaucoma?

Short eye anatomy: Angle closure glaucoma is a rapid, usually painful, elevation in eye pressure (from < 20 to over 40 and higher) induced by forward movement of the lens. This occludes the pupil, causing the site of aqueous outflow (the iris-corneal angle) to close. The eye becomes red and painful, and vision foggy. Treatment should be prompt; extended high pressure can irreversibly damage the optic nerve. ...Read more

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Creeping angle closure glaucoma?

Creeping?: Not sure what creeping means? But suspect you are referring to narrowing of the angles to the point where you are are at risk for angle closure which leads to glaucoma. ...Read more

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