Know the Signs of Narrow Angle Glaucoma
- Posted on: Jul 30 2018
Changes to vision or eye health can be very concerning. If you have experienced eye symptoms that are out of the ordinary, you have a good reason to schedule a comprehensive eye exam. Some changes in vision indicate nothing more than normal aging. Some, however, may indicate the onset of a potentially serious eye condition such as narrow-angle glaucoma.
Understanding Narrow Angle Glaucoma
Narrow-Angle Glaucoma occurs in the iris, or colored part of the eye. When the iris protrudes forward, it inhibits the release of fluids into the eye’s natural drainage angle. Consequently, there is a sudden increase in intraocular pressure. This pressure poses a risk to the structures of the eye involved in vision.
Indications of Narrow Angle Glaucoma
The typical symptoms of narrow-angle glaucoma include a migraine or headache alongside intense eye pain. The eyes may appear bloodshot, and vision may be hazy. Halos may appear around light sources, and the pupils may be dilated. Some people experience physical sickness with narrow-angle glaucoma.
Every time an episode of increased pressure occurs, peripheral vision is affected. Even one serious incident of excessive pressure can permanently alter peripheral vision. The more events that happen, the more vision may degrade.
Causes and Treatment
The iris may protrude into the path of the angle drain due to tumor or iris plateau. Research indicates that people who are farsighted may have higher susceptibility to narrow angle glaucoma. Indications and risks for narrow-angle glaucoma can be observed and monitored with routine eye exams, which is another reason why it is so important to see your eye doctor regularly.
To minimize the symptoms of narrow-angle glaucoma and protect future vision, it is necessary to reduce intraocular pressure. This may be accomplished with medication, administered orally or intravenously. Eye drops may also be prescribed for the daily management of eye pressure. In some instances, a minor surgical procedure may be needed to obtain better results.
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