Open-angle glaucoma refers to a condition in which fluid from the anterior chamber drains out of the eye via the open angle where the iris and cornea meet. There is a spongy mesh-like tissue at this open angle which serves as a drain, but in some cases, it may be insufficient to properly drain enough of the acqueous humour. If this occurs, fluid buildup can occur within the eye and raise the eye pressure. Though medication, eye drops,non-surgical glaucoma treatment such as lasers, or in severe cases, glaucoma surgery, eye pressure can be lowered to reduce pressure on and damage to the optic nerve.
In cases of angle-closure glaucoma, patients may experience rapid onset of symptoms. The drainage opening between the iris and cornea becomes blocked, resulting in a rapid buildup of pressure. Individuals who suffer from angle-closure glaucoma may experience severe eye pain or nausea, as well as blurred vision and redness. Because of the severe and rapid development of pressure caused by angle-closure glaucoma, it is imperative that patients seek treatment immediately. This condition poses a medical emergency that if left untreated can result in permanent blindness. We educate patients at North Shore Eye Care so that they can both understand why evaluation and treatment is necessary and make informed decisions regarding treatment. During a meeting with one of our doctors, we can discuss in detail the causes of glaucoma. Located in Smithtown, Riverhead, and surrounding Long Island communities, we likely have an office that is conveniently located for you.