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Narrow-Angle vs. Open-Angle Glaucoma

Contrary to popular belief, Glaucoma does not describe one specific condition, but a group of conditions that correspond to one another and can cause blindness. Because the term Glaucoma describes many different things, there are two common variations of this disease.

The first is called Open Angle Glaucoma. In patients suffering from Open-Angle Glaucoma, there is increased pressure in the eye resulting from improper draining of liquid in the eye where the cornea and iris meet. Symptoms of this condition often include moderate eye pain, nausea, redness of the eye, and blurred vision. Typical treatments for Open-Angle Glaucoma are eye drops, laser treatments, or Glaucoma surgery.

However, if you feel a sudden onset of these symptoms you may be experiencing Narrow-Angle Glaucoma which is caused by a complete blockage of the duct that drains liquid from the eye and causes eye pressure to rise very quickly causing severe eye pain, nausea, redness of the eye, and blurred vision. In this instance, you should see a doctor right away. These symptoms left untreated can cause permanent blindness.

Since Glaucoma has no noticeable symptoms in the early stages, it is very important that you get regular eye exams to monitor the health of your eyes. If you are interested in scheduling a Glaucoma evaluation with Eye Center South’s Board-Certified and Fellowship-Trained Glaucoma Specialist, Kirk Sturridge, MD, please call 334-793-2211.