The front segment of the eye between the cornea and the iris is called the anterior chamber. The anterior chamber is filled with a liquid called the aqueous humor that is continuously produced and drained.
If the aqueous humor isn’t drained properly, the liquid can cause the eye’s intraocular pressure to rise. The elevated pressure is generally asymptomatic and hard to notice until it begins to affect your eyesight.
The drainage angle in the eye is the space between the cornea and the iris in the anterior chamber. Open-angle glaucoma is the most common type of glaucoma that occurs when too much aqueous is produced and doesn’t drain properly. When the liquid builds up, the intraocular pressure begins to rise and lead to irreversible vision loss.
Symptoms can occur suddenly, causing a rapid spike in intraocular pressure, which is very dangerous for your vision. Unlike other types of glaucoma, acute-angle glaucoma causes severe symptoms, including:
Intense glare or halos around lights
An acute angle-closure attack is considered an eye emergency. If you experience these symptoms, please call 911 or go to your nearest emergency room as soon as possible.
The cause of normal-tension remains unknown, as the optic nerve becomes damaged with relatively low pressure levels.
Testing for Glaucoma
Early detection and treatment of glaucoma through comprehensive eye exams is paramount in preventing vision loss and blindness. At Macha Eye Care, every exam involves testing your eye’s internal pressure and assessing your optic nerve to check for signs of glaucoma.
If you have glaucoma or suspect you may be developing the condition, we will use various diagnostic tools to evaluate your overall ocular health best. Some of the tests we will use include:
Based on the results, we can make an accurate diagnosis on the severity of your condition. We can then make practical recommendations on various treatment options, including topical or oral anti-glaucoma medications.
If you need surgery, we’ll refer you to an appropriate ophthalmologist that specializes in glaucoma treatment. We also provide proper follow-up care to ensure your eyes are healing properly.
There are several treatment methods and strategies to treat glaucoma, lower intraocular pressure, and preserve your vision. Some typical treatments include:
If you require surgery as a treatment for an acute-angle attack, your ophthalmologist will make a small hole in your iris with a laser to enable the buildup of liquid to drain. This procedure can also be done preventatively on eyes with a narrow angle to avoid future acute-angle attacks.
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