With the damage to the optic nerve, lens induced glaucoma is caused by the leakage of lens material in one’s eye. The leakage can typically be from a dense or late cataract. This type of glaucoma can happen in open-angle or angle-closure forms. The lens induced glaucoma needs more attention and care, as unlike other glaucoma, this cannot be ignored, and when left untreated it can lead to loss of peripheral vision
There are a set of signs that indicate Lens induced glaucoma. Very common ones include:
A few other symptoms that could be experience by others include:
Lens induced glaucoma is caused by the leakage of lens materials through the capsule of a developed cataract. The leakage of lens material from one’s lens can get into the drainage system of the eye, which leads to obstacles of outflow of the usual aqueous liquid within the eye. This can cause a build-up of aqueous inside the eye, in-turn increasing eye pressure and damage to the optic nerve.
If taken care properly, prevention of Lens induced glaucoma is possible. Some of the prevention measures include:
Diagnosis of each type of the Lens induced glaucoma has different process:
Lens induced glaucoma requires immediate attention, and treating it promptly is of utmost importance, as it might lead to serious consequence if left unnoticed, including intractable glaucoma owing to peripheral anterior synechiae triggered by continual inflammation.
Additionally, this might lead to the development of pupillary membrane and eventually leading to a blockage in ones pupillary. There is a possibility of permanent damage to the aqueous outflow channels if the lens particles are not removed from the eye.
However, the treatment differs on the seriousness of the dislocation of the pupillary block. When there is subluxation without a pupillary block, treatment with intraocular pressure would be advised to follow. When there is a serious pupillary block that is present, a laser iridectomy is suggested. When there is a complete anterior dislocation, the treatment would be to remove the lens.
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