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Pigmentary glaucoma, left eye Save

ICD-10 code: H40.132

Chapter: Diseases of the eye and adnexia

Pigmentary Glaucoma, Left Eye: Causes, Symptoms, Diagnosis and Treatment

Pigmentary glaucoma is a rare form of open-angle glaucoma that occurs when pigment granules from the iris block the drainage of fluid from the eye, leading to increased eye pressure and damage to the optic nerve. In this article, we will discuss the causes, symptoms, diagnosis, and treatment of pigmentary glaucoma, specifically in the left eye.


The exact cause of pigmentary glaucoma is not known, but it is believed to be related to a genetic predisposition. Pigmentary glaucoma is more common in men and in those with nearsightedness. It is also more likely to occur in people of European descent. Pigmentary glaucoma can occur in one or both eyes.


The symptoms of pigmentary glaucoma can include blurred vision, halos around lights, eye pain, and redness. In some cases, there may be no symptoms at all. It is important to note that these symptoms can also be associated with other eye conditions, so a proper diagnosis is crucial.


To diagnose pigmentary glaucoma, your eye doctor will perform a comprehensive eye exam, which may include measuring your eye pressure, examining the drainage angle of your eye, and performing visual field tests. Your doctor may also perform a gonioscopy, which involves using a special lens to examine the drainage angle of your eye.


The treatment for pigmentary glaucoma may include eye drops to lower eye pressure, laser surgery to improve the drainage of fluid from the eye, or conventional surgery to create a new drainage channel in the eye. Your doctor will work with you to determine the best course of treatment based on your individual needs.

  1. Eye drops: Eye drops are often the first line of treatment for pigmentary glaucoma. These drops work by reducing the amount of fluid produced in the eye or by improving the drainage of fluid from the eye.
  2. Laser surgery: Laser surgery can be used to improve the drainage of fluid from the eye. This procedure involves using a laser to create small openings in the drainage channels of the eye, allowing fluid to flow more freely.
  3. Conventional surgery: In some cases, conventional surgery may be necessary to create a new drainage channel in the eye. This procedure is typically reserved for more advanced cases of pigmentary glaucoma.

If you have been diagnosed with pigmentary glaucoma in your left eye, it is important to work closely with your eye doctor to manage your condition. With proper treatment, it is possible to slow