What is it?

Glaucoma is a common eye disease that causes damage to the optic nerve. There are different types of glaucoma, mostly caused by elevated intraocular pressure. The most common type of glaucoma is called open-angle glaucoma. This is a chronic type of glaucoma that manifests as gradual vision loss with no other symptoms . Pigmentary glaucoma is a type of secondary open-angle glaucoma characterized by the pigmentation of the trabecular meshwork. This causes progressive loss of vision, which classically starts with visual field loss but can progress to irreversible blindness if untreated.

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Signs & symptoms

At first, pigmentary glaucoma is asymptomatic, then it causes loss of peripheral vision and when it is more advanced it causes loss of central vision. People who suffer from it, experience episodes of haloes and blurry vision.


Diagnosis includes eye examination with a slit lamp and fundus examination with measurement of the intraocular pressure. A perimetry test, also known as a visual field test, is usually required in order to determine the effect of this condition on your visual field. Other tests may include gonioscopy, pachymetry, and others.


The treatment for pigmentary glaucoma may include topical anti-glaucoma medication, laser therapy, and surgery.

☝️ This is not a substitute for professional medical advice. Please consult with your physician before making any medical decision.

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