Glaucoma Symptoms & Treatments : Types of Glaucoma

Glaucoma Symptoms & Treatments : Types of Glaucoma


Well, let’s talk for a moment about differing
styles of Glaucoma. I think, sometimes, people have the misunderstanding that Glaucoma is
a one entity. And, there’s actually many different types of Glaucoma and, you know, we have congenital
Glaucoma, we have Glaucoma that can happen as a result of trauma. But, the majority of
population, when we talk about Glaucoma falls in one of two categories. And that’s a category
called Primary open angle Glaucoma, also known as open angle Glaucoma. Another one called
Acute angle closure Glaucoma, or closed angle Glaucoma. Approximately 70% of cases, or so,
fall into this open angle Glaucoma category. And that’s the category that we find, most
common, in our practice. And that’s also the type that most commonly affects individuals
as they age. Open angle Glaucoma is, occurs when that draining system that we talked about
earlier is open. It’s wide open, there’s plenty of fluid getting in through that duct system,
but for some reason the pressure is still high, and so we call that open angle Glaucoma.
In closed angle Glaucoma what happens, which closed angle Glaucoma, again, represents a
smaller amount of patients. Typically about 10% of Glaucoma patients. In closed angle
Glaucoma what happens is that the iris is caught, is pushing backwards and as it pushes
backward it is condensing that drain that fluid is pushing through. And so the iris
is, essentially, closing down that drain causing a closed angle. And, as a result of that,
that can cause the pressure in the eye to spike up. Now, closed angle Glaucoma is one
of those rare instances where there’s actually symptoms. So, patients that have a closed
angle Glaucoma is a very serious problem. Close angle Glaucoma often has symptoms like
eye pain, blurry vision, oftentimes seeing halos or rainbows around light, sometimes
there’s nausea and headaches associated with it. So, close angle Glaucoma is, typically,
an emergency and that needs to be treated by an Ophthalmologist who will, typically,
treat that surgically. Open angle Glaucoma, again, is the variety that is most common.
So, just to recap, there are many styles of Glaucoma. Two large areas of Glaucoma, one
is called open angle the other is called closed angle. Most of the population that has Glaucoma
has open angled Glaucoma and that represents about 70% of the population. And that style
of Glaucoma, unfortunately, typically doesn’t show up with symptoms. So that’s the style
that we want to make sure and catch before patients age and and they cause irreversible
damage to their optic nerve that could have been prevented from just routine eye care.

5 thoughts on “Glaucoma Symptoms & Treatments : Types of Glaucoma

  1. that sucks i definately have closed angle glaucoma. i see rings around light sometimes, and i definately have blurry vision eye pain and headaches. hopefully i can get my cannabis card

  2. Im a suspct since 14 and im now 16 and my vision gtting worse and worse but do go to the doctors very often going tomorrow

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