Angle Recession Glaucoma (cont.)
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Angle Recession Glaucoma Causes
Any direct blow to the eye can result in angle recession injury. Often, the trauma is a result of high-speed or fast-moving blunt objects or projectiles, such as :
Angle Recession Glaucoma Symptoms
Immediately following the injury, there will likely be severe aching pain in the eye. The eye pressure may be extremely high in the initial phase when the trabecular drainage meshwork is temporarily clogged with blood and inflammatory cells.
However, once the initial pain resolves, the eye pressure may remain chronically elevated at a level that is painless, but still harmful to the optic nerve. The patient may not have any specific eye or visual complaints until the vision loss has progressed to an advanced stage.
When to Seek Medical Care
Immediately following the injury, a thorough examination by an ophthalmologist must be performed. In addition to looking for signs of angle recession, the ophthalmologist will look for other eye injuries (for example, traumatic iritis, abrasions, lacerations, retinal tears, detachments). Initial medical care will depend on the extent of the injuries.
In the long run, if angle recession is found, regular eye examinations with an ophthalmologist will be important to continue to screen for the development of glaucoma.
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Medically Reviewed by a Doctor on 11/18/2015
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