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How Common Is It For Somebody To Get Acute Angle Closure Glaucoma
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 moreSee 1 more doctor answer
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 moreSee 1 more doctor answer
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 moreSee 2 more doctor answers
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 moreSee 1 more doctor answer
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 moreSee 1 more doctor answer
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 moreSee 1 more doctor answer
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