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Angle closure glaucoma: an overview

Subhashini Kadappu, Allan Bank

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Abstract

Recognition of the symptoms of acute angle closure glaucoma, prompt intervention and appropriate referral are essential to reduce intraocular pressure and prevent permanent visual loss. Progressive circumferential closure of the drainage network of the eye is being increasingly recognised as a major cause of visual loss.

Article Extract

Glaucoma is the second leading cause of visual impairment worldwide. Angle closure glaucoma accounts for almost half of these cases, and is emerging as a leading cause of blindness in Asian countries. With the significant and growing population of Asian origin in Australia, there is an increasing need for awareness of this potentially blinding disease in this country.

Acute angle closure is an ocular emergency that requires rapid diagnosis, prompt intervention and referral to prevent progression and consequent loss of vision. Prophylactic measures are essential to prevent an attack in the fellow eye.

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