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Angle Recession Glaucoma (cont.)

Angle Recession Glaucoma Diagnosis

An eye doctor will perform a complete exam, which will include measuring the eye pressure and directly visualizing the angle structures.

  • The trabecular meshwork is hidden from view in the angle, but it can be examined by the eye doctor with the slit lamp microscope using a gonioscope, a device with tiny mirrors, much like a periscope.
  • The angle structures can also be evaluated with other imaging devices such as ultrasound biomicroscopy and optical coherence tomography (OCT).

The optic nerve is then carefully examined to determine if glaucomatous damage is present.

  • The eye doctor can directly visualize the optic nerve with the slit lamp microscope.
  • Additional testing may include optic nerve thickness measurements (with OCT) and evaluation of any early visual loss that may be present (with visual field testing).

Close observation with repeat exams over several years is important to catch glaucomatous damage at its earliest stages so treatment can be initiated as soon as it is necessary.

Angle Recession Glaucoma Home Remedies

Complying with the eye doctor's instructions is very important. If eye drops are prescribed, see How to Instill Your Eyedrops. Uncontrolled glaucoma can result in permanent, irreversible vision loss.

One can also take measures to ensure that the optic nerves have the best chance of withstanding the elevated eye pressure. Stopping smoking, keeping blood sugars under control, and maintaining a healthy blood pressure go a long way towards keeping the nerves as healthy as possible.

Medically Reviewed by a Doctor on 11/18/2015

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