Angle Recession Glaucoma (cont.)
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When to Seek Medical Care
Regular eye examinations with an ophthalmologist are important to screen for angle recession, especially since it is often caused by eye trauma and details of such an injury or even the entire episode may have been forgotten after a number of years. Regular eye examinations are particularly critical for people who are at a higher risk for glaucoma in general, such as African Americans and elderly individuals.
A person's initial visit to an ophthalmologist is extremely important in the evaluation for angle recession glaucoma or other possible eye diseases that could cause increased intraocular pressure. During this visit, the ophthalmologist will ask the patient about his or her past ocular history, including any previous eye/head trauma, eye surgeries, or eye diseases.
Brian R. Sullivan, MD
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