Published: Feb. 24, 2012
Updated: Feb. 24, 2012
Angle closure glaucoma is one of four major types of glaucoma. It is also referred to as acute glaucoma. This type of glaucoma differs from other types of glaucoma, such as open angle glaucoma.
Fluid in the eye drains through a channel in the front of the eye called the anterior chamber angle. In angle closure glaucoma, the angle gets suddenly blocked, causing the fluid to build up in the eye. The blockage of fluid causes the eye pressure to rise quickly.
Angle closure glaucoma is one of the few eye diseases that should be considered as an emergency and treated immediately to prevent damage to the optic nerve.
Symptoms of angle closure glaucoma include:
If you experience these symptoms, see an eye expert as soon as possible.
To treat angle closure glaucoma, your doctor will reduce the intraocular pressure. This can be accomplished by:
If treated promptly, the visual prognosis after an angle closure glaucoma attack is very good.
Call 888-ASK-DUKE (888-275-3853) to learn more about angle closure glaucoma, narrow angle glaucoma, or open angle glaucoma treatment and prevention services available at one of Duke Eye Center’s Durham, Raleigh, or Cary, North Carolina offices.