What is Glaucoma?
Glaucoma results when high intraocular pressures damage the optic nerve, which carries vision from the eye to the brain.
There are two different basic types of glaucoma, closed angle and open angle. In closed angle Glaucoma, the iris physically prevents drainage of intraocular fluid from the eye, resulting in extremely high pressure, pain and very blurry vision. This must be treated with a laser very rapidly, to relieve the pressure and prevent damage to the optic nerve. Rapid diagnosis and treatment is of the utmost importance.
In open angle glaucoma, obstruction to the drainage of fluid results from blockage of the very fine trabecular meshwork inside the eye. Eye drops will help improve fluid drainage and prevent pressure from damaging the nerve. If eyedrops are ineffective, laser treatment can be started. If laser does not work, surgical procedures may help.
Optic nerve damage is not reversible, and permanent vision damage can result.
Problems include failure to diagnose glaucoma, inadequate medical or laser treatment, undiagnosed narrow angle attacks
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