Angle Recession Glaucoma
Angle Recession Glaucoma Overview
Glaucoma is a potentially blinding condition in which the optic nerve (which transmits visual information from the eye to the brain) can become damaged, especially when the pressure within the eye is too high.
The force of a traumatic blow to the eye may tear the tissue in the eye's ”angle” causing blockage of the natural drainage of fluid from the eye. This injury is called angle recession. Angle recession can lead to chronically elevated eye pressure that results in damage to the optic nerve.
The onset of glaucomatous optic nerve damage can be delayed months or even years after the initial angle recession injury. Sometimes, patients who have long forgotten about a long-ago injury are found to have angle recession and glaucomatous damage during a routine eye examination.
The risk of developing angle recession glaucoma is related to the health of the optic nerve before and after the injury.
Medically Reviewed by a Doctor on 11/18/2015
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