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Lens-Particle Glaucoma (cont.)

Lens-Particle Glaucoma Treatment

Self-Care at Home

If your ophthalmologist prescribes medicated eye drops to help lower IOP, complying with your eye doctor's instructions and properly applying these eye drops are very important (see How to Instill Your Eye Drops). Not doing so could result in an additional increase in IOP that can affect the optic nerve and cause permanent vision loss.

Medical Treatment

Elevated IOP associated with lens-particle glaucoma often responds to treatment with medicated eye drops.

  • The preferred drugs for lowering IOP are usually aqueous suppressants, which are drugs that reduce the amount of fluid (aqueous humor) in the eye. Several types of aqueous-suppressant drugs are available. Topical beta-antagonists are typical first-line agents. Topical alpha-agonists and carbonic anhydrase inhibitors are usually considered adjunctive agents.
  • If lens-particle glaucoma is severe with sudden onset, hyperosmotic agents may be useful in quickly reducing and controlling IOP.
  • Prostaglandin analogs and miotics increase the outflow of fluid (aqueous humor) from the eye. Prostaglandin analogs have not been tested for lens-particle glaucoma, but they are not generally recommended because of the risk of increased intraocular inflammation. Likewise, miotic agents are usually not prescribed because they may worsen inflammation.
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