There are two main sub-groups of primary glaucoma:
- open angle glaucoma is a slowly progressive condition, which
occurs when the tiny microscopic drainage channels gradually
- angle closure glaucoma (also known as closed
angle or acute glaucoma) occurs much more rapidly when
the flow of fluid inside the eye cannot pass through the
pupil, causing a rapid rise in pressure inside the eye.
There are other 2 entities with some confusion with glaucoma
Ocular hypertension occurs when the pressure in the eye
is repeatedly measured as being high, and yet the eye
displays no signs of glaucoma damage to the optic nerve.
Normal tension glaucoma (normal pressure glaucoma) is
the opposite, where the nerve at the back of the eye
shows signs of glaucoma damage and yet the pressure is
always recorded as being within normal limits.
There are some eye diseases which can result in secondary glaucoma
Among these are eye inflammatioon, the growth of new vessels inside the eye,
which may occur in connection with diabetes or after blood vessel blockage at
the back of the eye
Congenital glaucoma is a rare type of glaucoma that develops in
infants and young children and can be inherited. While uncommon
relative to the other types of glaucRoma, this condition can be
devastating, often resulting in blindness when not diagnosed and
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Depending on the type and severity of the glaucoma, Dr
Khalil may recommend eye drops, glaucoma laser eye
surgery or conventional glaucoma surgery as the best option for
you. Dr Khalil almost always performs his glaucoma treatments under local
anaesthetic and whichever option he recommends, the
objective will be the same: to reduce the pressure causing the
glaucoma and preserve the vision in your eye as safely and
painlessly as possible.
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