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What is pigment dispersion syndrome (krukenberg's spindle)?

What is pigment dispersion syndrome (krukenberg's spindle)?

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. ...Read more

Pigment (Definition)

Any chemical which has a color (minerals also) can be said to have a pigment. Such chemicals are responsible for the colors of the skin, the hair, the eyes and things we don't ordinary see such as the brown ...Read more


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Hi doctors, can you tell me what is pigment dispersion syndrome?

Hi doctors, can you tell me what is pigment dispersion syndrome?

Pigment dispersion : Pigment dispersion syndrome is when the pigment in your iris (the color part of your eye) rubs off and can potentially clog the drain letting fluid out of your eye. If it clogs enough of the drain, the pressure in your eye can go up, leading to a condition called glaucoma. There is a controversial laser treatment called a YAG PI that could mitigate the dispersion. Ask your eye doctor. ...Read more

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Will i need laser treatment for pigment dispersion syndrome?

Will i need laser treatment for pigment dispersion syndrome?

Perhaps: But only an examination can give you the definitive answer. Not all patients with PDS require treatment. Take care. ...Read more

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Do you think I'll need laser treatment for pigment dispersion syndrome?

Do you think I'll need laser treatment for pigment dispersion syndrome?

Maybe: Patients who get a pressure rise with a phenylephrine test benefit from peripheral iridotomy. ...Read more

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I have too much pressure in the eye and is it true glaucoma stems from pigment dispersion syndrome?

I have too much pressure in the eye and is it true glaucoma stems from pigment dispersion syndrome?

Possibly: In pigment dispersion, the loose pigment scraped by your eye off the back of the iris, can clog the fluid outflow passageways and elevate the pressure above the ability of the eye to withstand it. This is the basic definition of glaucoma. Treatment in these cases is given to lower the pressure until all the pigment is gone and the pressure can normalize. ...Read more

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Can I dive if i have pigment dispersion syndrome? No active pigmentation for 2 years now. Iop controlled with eye drop and specialist care.

Can I dive if i have pigment dispersion syndrome? No active pigmentation for 2 years now. Iop controlled with eye drop and specialist care.

Not a problem: There is no relationship between the steady pressure on your eye from diving, and pigment dispersion. I assume that your pressure, if elevated is currently under control. Pigment dispersion will only increase when the eye is subjected to repeated vibration such as occurs when running intensely. Go ahead and dive away. ...Read more

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I have pigmentary dispersion syndrome and iop is controlled with xalatan, (latanoprost) 30 male. Does driving fast in a car worsen iris pigmentation? Thank you.

I have pigmentary dispersion syndrome and iop is controlled with xalatan, (latanoprost) 30 male. Does driving fast in a car worsen iris pigmentation? Thank you.

No: I don't think so. Sometimes strenuous activity can cause release of some of the pigment in the iris but i wouldn't expect driving to. Unless you're talking about racing cars. ...Read more

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What is iris pigment dispersion?

What is iris pigment dispersion?

Iris: The iris, with its hole in the center: the pupil, in in constant motion by the effect of light entering the eye, containing circular and radial muscle fibers, the iris is constantly "flexing" these muscles. The back iris surface contains a layer of pigment that gives color to the eye. Excessive pigment shedding may clogg the drainage system internally and lead to pigmentary glaucoma. ...Read more