Stephen J. Schueler, M.D.

Overview Incidence Risk Factors Symptoms Evaluation Treatment questions for doctor specialist Home Care warning signs Prevention Outlook Complications Underlying Cause Anatomy

Open Angle Glaucoma Overview

Another name for Open Angle Glaucoma is Chronic Glaucoma.

What is chronic glaucoma?
A person with chronic glaucoma has worsening damage to the optic nerve, resulting in loss of vision. The optic nerve is a bundle of nerve fibers that carries information from the eye to the brain. Blind spots develop when the nerve fibers become damaged. Left untreated, chronic glaucoma can result in blindness. Chronic glaucoma is very common and responds well to treatment.

What are the symptoms of chronic glaucoma?
The most common symptom of chronic glaucoma is a gradual loss of vision. A person with chronic glaucoma slowly loses peripheral vision. Other symptoms of chronic glaucoma include: difficulty seeing in low light, seeing halos around lights, mild headaches, and eye pain.

How does the doctor treat chronic glaucoma?
Treatment for chronic glaucoma includes eyedrops, oral medications, and surgery.

Continue to Open Angle Glaucoma Incidence

Last Updated: Jun 2, 2011 References
Authors: Stephen J. Schueler, MD; John H. Beckett, MD; D. Scott Gettings, MD
Copyright DSHI Systems, Inc. Powered by: FreeMD - Your Virtual Doctor

PubMed Open Angle Glaucoma References
  1. Chen PP, Bhandari A. Fellow eye prognosis in patients with severe visual field loss in 1 eye from chronic open-angle glaucoma. Arch Ophthalmol. 2000 Apr;118(4):473-8. [10766132]
  2. Deokule S, Sadiq S, Shah S. Chronic open angle glaucoma: patient awareness of the nature of the disease, topical medication, compliance and the prevalence of systemic symptoms. Ophthalmic Physiol Opt. 2004 Jan;24(1):9-15. [14687196]
  3. Fraser S, Bunce C, Wormald R. Risk factors for late presentation in chronic glaucoma. Invest Ophthalmol Vis Sci. 1999 Sep;40(10):2251-7. [10476790]
  4. Martus P, Stroux A, Budde WM, Mardin CY, Korth M, Jonas JB. Predictive factors for progressive optic nerve damage in various types of chronic open-angle glaucoma. Am J Ophthalmol. 2005 Jun;139(6):999-1009. [15953429]
FreeMD is provided for information purposes only and should not be used as a substitute for evaluation and treatment by a physician. Please review our terms of use.