Glaucoma caused by steroids

The most common type of glaucoma affecting our Phoenix, Arizona, patients is called chronic glaucoma, or primary open-angle glaucoma (POAG). In a normally operating eye, fluid called aqueous humor continually flows through the eye, eventually exiting through tissue known as the trabecular meshwork. In an eye affected by chronic glaucoma, this meshwork becomes blocked or clogged and fluid is unable to flow out of the eye. Intraocular pressure increases, pushing against the optic nerve and causing peripheral vision loss.

  • Angle-Closure Glaucoma Angle-closure glaucoma, or narrow-angle glaucoma, occurs suddenly and presents symptoms such as headaches, eye pain, haloes around lights, and nausea. This type of the disease occurs when fluid in the eye is suddenly kept from draining properly due to blockage or over-dilated pupils. Though symptoms may disappear, it is essential that you seek medical treatment as soon as possible. Each renewed attack destroys more of your sight.
  • Causes of Glaucoma The most prevalent cause of glaucoma is age. It is estimated that one percent of Americans between the ages of 60 and 80 suffer from primary open-angle glaucoma; this number jumps to three percent in people over the age of 80. Ethnic background also plays a large role in glaucoma development. African-Americans have a high risk of developing glaucoma, as do people of Irish, Scandinavian, or Russian heritage.

    P: I developed glaucoma this year secondary to five retinal-related surgeries several years ago. There are tissue problems, and I’ve developed a wound leak, which may necessitate removal of my Ahmed shunt if the leak does not stop. (Another shunt is not an option in my case due to scarring.) My doctor at Duke Eye Center wants me to think about TCP “just in case,” but my research indicates that ECP may be a better choice, despite being incisional. [Note: TCP stands for transscleral cyclophotocoagulation; ECP stands for endoscopic cyclophotocoagulation.]

    Glaucoma caused by steroids

    glaucoma caused by steroids


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