Lens-Particle Glaucoma (cont.)
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What Is Lens-Particle Glaucoma Surgery?
Sometimes the lens fragments and particles are simply too large or numerous and eye pressure remains uncontrolled despite treatment with medicated eyedrops. Surgery may then be required to remove residual lens particles.
Follow-up for Lens-Particle Glaucoma
Depending on the degree of elevated eye pressure and inflammation, daily to weekly follow-up care may be necessary initially. Most of the follow-up care is on an outpatient basis.
Hospital admission is rarely necessary, but may be considered if the eye pressure requires intravenous medication. Once the lens particles clear and the eye pressure returns to its baseline, the extent of optic nerve damage from glaucoma is assessed. Then plans for long-term follow up will be made.
What Is the Prognosis With Lens-Particle Glaucoma?
With appropriately timed medical and surgical intervention for lens-particle glaucoma, prognosis is generally good and complications are minimized. However, in those who already have optic nerve damage from other types of glaucoma, such as 'open angle glaucoma,' the prognosis may not be as favorable. For this reason, regular eye examinations with an ophthalmologist are essential.
Support groups and counseling for people who are living with glaucoma, as well as informational material about lens-particle glaucoma, are available through various organizations specializing in eye care.
Where Can One Find More Information About Glaucoma?
Medically Reviewed by a Doctor on 2/24/2016
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