Angle Closure Glaucoma

Angle closure glaucoma is a disorder of progressive optic nerve damage characterized by an increased intraocular pressure. Obstruction of aqueous humor flow in the anterior chamber causes sudden vision impairment and headaches. A rapid diagnosis is necessary, as blindness can occur without adequate treatment.

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The clinical presentation of angle closure glaucoma stems from sudden increases in intraocular pressure (IOP), with possible triggers being dim lighting or use of drugs that induce pupillary dilation (eg. anticholinergics), ciliary body swelling (eg. topiramate) [1]. Moreover, anterior placement of the lens (most commonly caused by the gradual development of cataract) [2], myopia, hyperopia, a shallow anterior chamber, but also advanced age and female gender have all been established as potential risk factors for this type of glaucoma [3] [4]. Only about a third of cases develop an acute exacerbation of IOP changes, however, but increased IOP may not cause marked eye-related symptoms in the beginning [5]. Unfortunately, patients frequently report when profound visual deficits have already occurred, especially in chronic forms, thus reducing the chance of total sight repair [4] [5]. Most prominent symptoms of acute angle closure glaucoma are blurred vision, redness of the eye, ocular discomfort, colored halos around lights and frontal headaches accompanied by nausea and vomiting. Gastrointestinal complaints and headaches may mislead the physician by suggesting a gastrointestinal or central nervous system origin of symptoms [1] [3], and it is not uncommon for glaucoma patients to undergo detailed gastrointestinal or CNS workup prior to their diagnosis [2]. In some patients, a prolonged (chronic) clinical course may be observed, distinguished by ocular discomfort and headaches that are alleviated with sleep [1]. In the setting of a delayed diagnosis, irreversible blindness can occur rapidly, which is why early recognition is detrimental in achieving good outcomes [4].

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    Eye Pain
    • Last Reviewed 9/11/2017 Patient Comments & Reviews The eMedicineHealth doctors ask about Acute Angle-Closure Glaucoma: Acute Angle-Closure Glaucoma Symptom Eye Pain Eye pain is often described as burning, sharp, shooting, dull, gritty, a feeling of "something[]
    • Acute angle-closure (closed-angle or narrow-angle) glaucoma produces symptoms such as eye pain , headaches, halos around lights, dilated pupils , vision loss, red eyes , nausea and vomiting.[]
    • Occasionally, some people experience eye pain and redness, but not as severely as in acute closed-angle glaucoma.[]
    • Two hours later, IOP fell further to 39 mmHg OD and 18 mmHg OS, and the patient’s eye pain improved.[]
    • Symptoms of angle-closure glaucoma may include headaches, eye pain, nausea, rainbows around lights at night, and very blurred vision.[]
    Blurred Vision
    • Symptoms of angle-closure glaucoma may include headaches, eye pain, nausea, rainbows around lights at night, and very blurred vision.[]
    • Some early symptoms in people at risk for angle-closure glaucoma include blurred vision, halos in their vision, headache, mild eye pain or redness.[]
    • For example: Open-angle glaucoma Patchy blind spots in your side (peripheral) or central vision, frequently in both eyes Tunnel vision in the advanced stages Acute angle-closure glaucoma Severe headache Eye pain Nausea and vomiting Blurred vision Halos[]
    • Side effects may include allergies , redness, stinging, blurred vision, and irritated eyes.[]
    • This may cause pressure-induced corneal edema (experienced as blurred vision and occasionally as multicolored halos around lights) vascular congestion, eye pain, or headache.[]
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    Decrease in Height
    • Decreased corneal height. 40. 08/22/15 7.Anterior position of the lens with respect to the ciliary body. 8.[]
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    Facial Pain
    • When symptoms of acute angle glaucoma do develop, they may include severe eye and facial pain, nausea and vomiting , decreased vision, blurred vision and seeing haloes around light.[]
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    Patients must be promptly evaluated through a detailed examination of the eye [5]. IOP of more than 30 mmHg (physiological range is between 10 and 23 mmHg) is encountered in virtually all patients suffering from glaucoma, while other findings include a fixed mid-dilated pupil (4-6 mm) that reacts poorly to direct illumination, a hazy cornea that may be edematous, hyperemia of the conjunctiva and a shallow anterior chamber [3]. The presence of adhesions between the iris and the angle structure, termed peripheral anterior synechiae (PAS), can cause obstruction of the trabecular meshwork and are frequently encountered in angle closure glaucoma patients as well [3]. These findings can be confirmed either by performing gonioscopy or through a slit-lamp examination [5], while more specialized techniques have been developed to confirm angle closure. Ultrasound biomicroscopy, which is able to acquire real-time images of structures that potentially cause obstruction of the canal, and anterior segment optical coherence tomography, used to evaluate the anterior chamber, are imaging methods that are recommended for glaucoma workup by more skilled ophthalmologists [5].

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    Loss of Vision
    • This prevents or slows further loss of vision in most patients.[]
    • The increased pressure can damage the optic nerve and lead to partial or complete loss of vision. angle-closure glaucoma in Culture glaucoma [(glow- koh -muh, glaw- koh -muh)] A disease of the eye marked by increased fluid pressure in the eyeball.[]
    • In some cases this can eventually lead to total loss of vision (severe sight impairment).[]
    • It can lead to loss of vision if not detected and treated early on.[]
    • Loss of vision and Red eye .[]
    • Open-angle glaucoma; Chronic glaucoma; Chronic open-angle glaucoma; Primary open-angle glaucoma; Closed-angle glaucoma; Narrow-angle glaucoma; Angle-closure glaucoma; Acute glaucoma; Secondary glaucoma; Congenital glaucoma; Vision loss - glaucoma Glaucoma[]
    • Types of Glaucoma Open-angle glaucoma Angle-closure glaucoma Neovascular glaucoma Pigmentary glaucoma Pseudoexfoliation glaucoma Inflammatory glaucoma Open-angle Glaucoma Primary open-angle glaucoma is the most common form of glaucoma in America and Europe[]
    • Types of glaucoma There are several different types of glaucoma.[]
    Secondary Glaucoma
    • SECONDARY GLAUCOMA If you have secondary glaucoma, treating the cause may help your symptoms go away.[]
    • Keywords: angle closure glaucoma, plateau iris, topiramate, secondary glaucoma, drug-induced glaucoma This work is published and licensed by Dove Medical Press Limited.[]
    • Some of the main types are: primary open angle glaucoma – the most common type, which tends to develop slowly over many years primary angle closure glaucoma – an uncommon type that can develop slowly or quickly secondary glaucoma – glaucoma caused by[]
    • "The vicryl tie technique for inserting a draining implant in the treatment of secondary glaucoma".[]
    Lens Dislocation
    • Microspherophakia -Pupillary block and glaucoma occur through one of two mechanisms: either the lens dislocates into the pupil and anterior chamber or long zonules allow the lens to come into pupil. 184. y 08/22/15 # Becker-Shaffer's Diagnosis and Therapy[]




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    • Intermittent Angle Closure There are also patients who have intermittent episodes of angle closure that resolve between attacks.[]
    • Key Points Angle-closure glaucoma can develop acutely, intermittently, or chronically.[]
    • In some eyes, the pressure is intermittently higher than normal because the iris blocks the trabecular meshwork only some of the time.[]
    • Back to Journals » Clinical Ophthalmology » Volume 8 Case report Lamise Z Rajjoub, Nisha Chadha, David A Belyea Department of Ophthalmology, The George Washington University, Washington, DC, USA Abstract: This is a case report describing recurrent intermittent[]
    • Intermittent angle closure occurs if the episode of pupillary block resolves spontaneously in hours, usually after sleeping supine.[]
    • […] membrane Fuchs heterochromic iridocyclitis Luetic interstitial keratitis — Posterior (pushing mechanism) With pupillary block Lens-induced mechanisms Intumescent lens Subluxation of lens Mobile lens syndrome Posterior synechiae Iris-vitreous block in aphakia[]
    • We excluded patients in whom no subtypical classification of angle closure glaucoma was possible, for example, suspects, those with aphakia, pseudophakia or previous filtering surgery.[]
    • A tumor behind the iris, swelling associated with inflammation of the ciliary body (intermediate uveitis ) and alteration of the shape of the eye after surgery for a detached retina also can cause angle-closure glaucoma.[]
    • He M, Wang D, Zheng Y, Zhang J, Yin Q, et al. (2008) Heritability of anterior chamber depth as an intermediate phenotype of angle-closure in Chinese: the Guangzhou Twin Eye Study.[]
    • In addition, it is postulated that the zonule becomes more lax with age, allowing anterior movement of the lens/iris diaphragm.[]
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    No Obesity
    • Specialty Ophthalmology Symptoms Vision loss , eye pain, mid-dilated pupil , redness of the eye, nausea [1] [2] Usual onset Gradual, or sudden [2] Risk factors Increased pressure in the eye , family history, migraines , high blood pressure , obesity [[]


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    1. Porter RS, Kaplan JL. Merck Manual of Diagnosis and Therapy. 19th Edition. Merck Sharp & Dohme Corp. Whitehouse Station, N.J; 2011.
    2. Longo DL, Fauci AS, Kasper DL, Hauser SL, Jameson J, Loscalzo J. eds. Harrison's Principles of Internal Medicine, 18e. New York, NY: McGraw-Hill; 2012.
    3. Pokhrel PK, Loftus SA. Ocular emergencies. Am Fam Physician. 2007;76(6):829.
    4. Azuara-Blanco A, Burr J, Ramsay C, Cooper D, Foster PJ, Friedman DS, et al. Effectiveness of early lens extraction for the treatment of primary angle-closure glaucoma (EAGLE): a randomised controlled trial. Lancet. 2016;388(10052):1389-1397.
    5. Weinreb RN, Aung T, Medeiros FA. The Pathophysiology and Treatment of Glaucoma: A Review. JAMA. 2014;311(18):1901-1911.

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    • Aetiology of the anatomical basis for primary angle-closure glaucoma. Biometrical comparisons between normal eyes and eyes with primary angle-closure glaucoma. - RF Lowe - The British journal of ophthalmology, 1970 -
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