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Glaucoma with increased episcleral venous pressure Save

ICD-10 code: H40.81

Chapter: Diseases of the eye and adnexia

Understanding Glaucoma with Increased Episcleral Venous Pressure

Glaucoma is a group of eye diseases that cause damage to the optic nerve, which can lead to permanent vision loss. One of the lesser-known causes of glaucoma is increased episcleral venous pressure (EVP).

EVP is the pressure within the veins that surround the eye. When this pressure increases, it can lead to the compression of the optic nerve, which can cause glaucoma. This type of glaucoma is known as secondary open-angle glaucoma with increased EVP.

  1. Symptoms
  2. Most people with glaucoma with increased EVP do not experience any symptoms until the disease has progressed. By the time symptoms appear, vision loss may already be irreversible. Common symptoms include:

    • Blurred vision
    • Halos around lights
    • Loss of peripheral vision
    • Redness in the eye
  3. Diagnosis
  4. If you experience any of the above symptoms, it's essential to schedule an appointment with an eye doctor immediately. Your doctor will perform a comprehensive eye exam, including measuring your EVP, to determine if you have glaucoma with increased EVP.

  5. Treatment
  6. Early diagnosis and treatment are crucial in preventing vision loss. Your doctor may prescribe eye drops to reduce the amount of fluid in your eye or recommend surgery to improve the drainage of fluid. In some cases, medication to lower blood pressure may be necessary to reduce EVP.

  7. Prevention
  8. While there is no surefire way to prevent glaucoma with increased EVP, maintaining a healthy lifestyle can lower your risk of developing the disease. Avoid smoking, exercise regularly, and maintain a healthy diet. It's also essential to schedule regular eye exams to catch any potential eye diseases early on.

Glaucoma with increased EVP is a rare but serious form of glaucoma that can cause permanent vision loss if left untreated. If you are experiencing any symptoms or have concerns about your eye health, schedule an appointment with an eye doctor as soon as possible.