What is Angle Recession Glaucoma?
Angle recession glaucoma is glaucoma that is due to damage to the anterior chamber of the eye. The anterior chamber is the primary drainage area for the aqueous fluid inside the eye. If that area is damaged it can cause a reduction in aqueous outflow, which in turn causes an increase in intraocular pressure and damage to the optic nerve.
What causes Angle Recession Glaucoma?
Angle recession glaucoma is caused by blunt trauma to the eye, often occurring years after the injury. This causes the iris to push back further into the eye, and can tear and damage the anterior chamber angle.
Symptoms of Angle Recession Glaucoma
Typically angle recession glaucoma is asymptomatic (no noticeable symptoms). Intraocular pressure does not rise until long after the initial injury. Late-stage symptoms can include visual acuity loss and loss of peripheral visual field.
Treatment for Angle Recession Glaucoma
Initial treatment for angle recession glaucoma includes drops to help lower the pressure inside the eye. If drops are ineffective, surgery may be required to further help lower the intraocular pressure.