Acute Closed-Angle Glaucoma: Care Instructions

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Structures affected by closed-angle glaucoma


Closed-angle glaucoma happens when the fluid in your eye can't move as it should. Too much pressure builds up in your eye. This can damage your optic nerve.

This type of glaucoma usually starts very quickly. You may have pain in your eye and blurry vision.

It is important to get treatment as soon as you can. If you wait, you may have permanent vision problems. You could even go blind.

Treatment can't return your eyes to normal. But it can delay or prevent more vision problems.

Follow-up care is a key part of your treatment and safety. Be sure to make and go to all appointments, and call your doctor if you are having problems. It's also a good idea to know your test results and keep a list of the medicines you take.

How can you care for yourself at home?

  • Take your medicines exactly as prescribed. Call your doctor if you think you are having a problem with your medicine. You will get more details on the specific medicines your doctor prescribes.
  • Use eyedrops exactly as directed by your doctor.
  • Ask your doctor if you can take an over-the-counter pain medicine if needed, such as acetaminophen (Tylenol), ibuprofen (Advil, Motrin), or naproxen (Aleve). Read and follow all instructions on the label.

When should you call for help?

Call your doctor now or seek immediate medical care if:

  • You have new or worse eye pain.
  • You have vision changes.

Watch closely for changes in your health, and be sure to contact your doctor if:

  • You are not getting better as expected.

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