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

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Dr. William Goldstein
Ophthalmology
3 doctors agree

In brief: 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.

In brief: 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.
Dr. William Goldstein
Dr. William Goldstein
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Dr. William Goldstein
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Dr. Richard Bensinger
Ophthalmology
2 doctors agree

In brief: Not common

The usual underpinnings are hyperopic, over age 45, and more common in Asians.
The condition is due to crowding of the anatomy of the front of the eye forward with iris dilation causing blockage of the normal interior fluid flow in the eye. It is a single digit occurrence in the susceptible. At your age, it would be extremely rare.

In brief: Not common

The usual underpinnings are hyperopic, over age 45, and more common in Asians.
The condition is due to crowding of the anatomy of the front of the eye forward with iris dilation causing blockage of the normal interior fluid flow in the eye. It is a single digit occurrence in the susceptible. At your age, it would be extremely rare.
Dr. Richard Bensinger
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Dr. George Tanaka
Ophthalmology
2 doctors agree

In brief: Uncommon

You are at greater risk for developing angle closure glaucoma if a blood relative has this condition or if you are far-sighted (hyperopic) this is not the same thing as needing reading glasses(presbyopic) if your distance glasses look like magnifying lenses, making your eyes appear bigger behind the lenses, then you are hyperopic.
To diagnose a narrow angle condition gonioscopy is necessary.

In brief: Uncommon

You are at greater risk for developing angle closure glaucoma if a blood relative has this condition or if you are far-sighted (hyperopic) this is not the same thing as needing reading glasses(presbyopic) if your distance glasses look like magnifying lenses, making your eyes appear bigger behind the lenses, then you are hyperopic.
To diagnose a narrow angle condition gonioscopy is necessary.
Dr. George Tanaka
Dr. George Tanaka
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Dr. Beth Friedland
Ophthalmology
1 doctor agrees

In brief: Not very common

Angle closure glaucoma is about 10-15% of all glaucomas.

In brief: Not very common

Angle closure glaucoma is about 10-15% of all glaucomas.
Dr. Beth Friedland
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Dr. William Becker
Not common, but a very serious, treatable cause of blindness.
Dr. Ilan Cohen
Ophthalmology

In brief: Not very

Acute angle closure is a very infrequent occurance.
The incidence of this problem varies depending on the population studied. In the US, there are about 2 cases per 1000 people per year. Although the odds of angle closure are low, the outcome can be devastating to vision. Simple measures can be taken to further reduce the risk of this occurring. See your eye doctor to see if you are at risk.

In brief: Not very

Acute angle closure is a very infrequent occurance.
The incidence of this problem varies depending on the population studied. In the US, there are about 2 cases per 1000 people per year. Although the odds of angle closure are low, the outcome can be devastating to vision. Simple measures can be taken to further reduce the risk of this occurring. See your eye doctor to see if you are at risk.
Dr. Ilan Cohen
Dr. Ilan Cohen
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