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Lens-Particle Glaucoma (cont.)

What Are Lens-Particle Glaucoma Symptoms and Signs?

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In many types of glaucoma, if the elevated eye pressure is mildly or moderately elevated, there may not be any symptoms initially. If the eye pressure is very elevated, and/or if there is significant inflammation, there may be:

Signs of elevated eye pressure and inflammation include:

  • Redness
  • Tearing

When Should One Seek Medical Care for Lens-Particle Glacoma?

If you experience the symptoms or signs listed above following eye trauma or surgery you should be evaluated by an ophthalmologist as soon as possible. Optic nerve damage from glaucoma can result in permanent, irreversible vision loss, so treatment should be initiated as early as possible.

Regular follow-up eye examinations are also important, as glaucoma may be a late occurrence, developing weeks, months, and sometimes years later.

Questions to ask the doctor about your condition include:

  • Is my eye pressure elevated?
  • Are there any optic nerve abnormalities on my examination?
  • Is my peripheral vision affected?
  • Are medications or surgery necessary?
  • How often should I undergo follow-up examinations?

What Tests Are Used to Diagnose Lens-Particle Glaucoma?

An eye doctor will perform a complete exam, which will include measuring the eye pressure. Inflammatory cells can be seen in the aqueous with a slit lamp microscope. Larger fragments of lens particles are also visible with the microscope.

A gonioscope is a periscope-like device with small mirrors that may be used to spot fragments hidden in the space near the peripheral iris (the 'angle'). An indirect ophthalmoscope may be used to spot fragments in the back part of the eye (intravitreal fragments in the 'vitreous cavity').

Additional imaging devices such as ultrasound biomicroscopy and optical coherence tomography (OCT) can also be used to locate hidden fragments.

The optic nerve is also carefully examined for signs of damage from glaucoma. Optic nerve thickness measurements and visual field testing may also be necessary to determine the extent of nerve damage.

Medically Reviewed by a Doctor on 2/24/2016

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Lens-particle glaucoma, a subclassification of lens-induced glaucoma,1, 2, 3, 4, 5 is a type of secondary open-angle glaucoma involving intraocular retention of fragmented lens debris.

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