As I continue to spread awareness on glaucoma, I now want to talk more about angle closure glaucoma.
It results in blocking the part of the eye that allows fluid to leave the eye and thus there is an increase in intraocular pressure (IOP).
How does this happen? Typically the angle is situated between the peripheral iris and cornea. Here the trabecular meshwork, which normally will filter out the fluid is located. When the iris is up against the meshwork, the fluid can’t escape.
If not detected quickly, the pressure will build up and can result is significant symptoms such as nerve damage and vision loss.
So if you have a family history of glaucoma or are over 50 years, you should definitely be having an annual eye exam.