(Acute Angle-Closure Glaucoma; Single Angle-Closure Glaucoma)
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- Narrowing of the drainage angle in the eye—Aging and being farsighted are two causes of this narrowing.
- Being born with narrow angles—more common in people who are Asian
- Injury to the eye
- Botulism injections around the eye
- Sulfa-based drugs
- Phenothiazines and monoamine oxidase inhibitors
- Medications to treat Parkinson's disease
- Family history of narrow angle glaucoma
- Injury to the eye
- Eye drops used to dilate the eyes
- Certain systemic medications
- Developing cataracts
- Severe pain in the eye
- Pupil not reacting to light
- Blurred or cloudy vision
- Sudden vision loss
- Redness and swelling of the eye
- Eye exam
- Tonometry —a test to determine intraocular pressure
- Slit lamp examination—the use of a low-power microscope combined with a high-intensity light source, allows a narrow beam that can be focused to examine the front of the eye
- Gonioscopy—to examine the outflow channels of the angle
- Medications—Eye drops, pills, and sometimes even intravenous drugs are often administered to reduce intraocular pressure.
- Surgery—Surgery may be used to stop or prevent an attack of angle-closure glaucoma. This is usually done by laser.
The Glaucoma Foundation http://www.glaucomafoundation.org
Glaucoma Research Foundation http://www.glaucoma.org/index.php
Glaucoma Research Society of Canada http://www.glaucomaresearch.ca
The Canadian Ophthalmological Society http://www.cos-sco.ca
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Angle-closure glaucoma. Glaucoma Research Foundation website. Available at: http://www.glaucoma.org/glaucoma/angle-closure-glaucoma.php. Updated March 29, 2013. Accessed July 17, 2014.
Facts about glaucoma. National Eye Institute website. Available at: http://www.nei.nih.gov/health/glaucoma/glaucoma%5Ffacts.asp. Accessed July 17, 2014.
Vision screening recommendations for adults 40 to 60. American Academy of Ophthalmology Eye Smart website. Available at: http://www.geteyesmart.org/eyesmart/living/midlife-adults-screening.cfm. Accessed July 17, 2014.
Vision screening recommendations for adults over 60. American Academy of Ophthalmology Eye Smart website. Available at: http://www.geteyesmart.org/eyesmart/living/seniors-screening.cfm. Accessed July 17, 2014.
Vision screening recommendations for adults under 40. American Academy of Ophthalmology Eye Smart website. Available at: http://www.geteyesmart.org/eyesmart/living/young-adults-screening.cfm. Accessed July 17, 2014.
What is glaucoma? American Academy of Ophthalmology website. Available at: http://www.geteyesmart.org/eyesmart/diseases/glaucoma.cfm. Updated September 1, 2013. Accessed July 17, 2014.
- Reviewer: Eric Berman, MD
- Review Date: 06/2014 -
- Update Date: 07/17/2014 -
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