Tuesday, May 7, 2013
My doctor said I have narrow angles - What the heck does that mean??
I am very lucky to have wonderful people in my life. One of them is my aunt Lisa. She is awesome - kind, loves animals, compassionate, loves to travel, can find great deals, ... you name it. Anyway, she asked me to write a post on narrow angles, so here it is!
So, there's a part of the eye called the angle. It's called an angle because that's eactly what it is. It is a space between (cue the Dave Matthews song here) the cornea and the iris that can be different sizes in different people.
Generally (but of course there are exceptions to every rule):
FARSIGHTED individuals (Hyperopic; Glasses prescription is a "plus" or "+" prescrption, cannot see well up close) generally have narrower/smaller angles than their nearsighted friends.
NEARSIGHTED individuals (Myopic; glasses prescription is a "minus" or "-" prescription, cannot see well far away) usually have more wide or open angles.
So what's the problem if you have narrow angles? In some cases, it's no big deal. However, in other cases, narrow angles can cause the pressure in the eye to build up, leading to something you probably don't want to have called glaucoma. The eye pressure builds up sometimes in narrow angles because the angle is where the fluid drains - too much fluid and not enough draining leads to increased pressure. Kind of like my garbage disposal last week (it wasn't pretty).
If you are concerned about narrow angles, go see your friendly optometrist so they can take a look at your eyes. I promise once again that we are SO NICE! We want to help you and we love questions!! So ask us, we want to help!
Your optometrist can use a microscope called a slit lamp to look at your eye magnified many times. We can see how shallow or deep your angle is. If it is very narrow or shallow and we are concerned that the fluid isn't properly draining, we may send you to a spccialist to do a cool laser treatment to allow for better drainage. Basically, the laser forms a tiny hole in the colored part of the eye so that the fluid has another way to go. If your doctor recommends this procedure, please don't worry - it's a pretty quick procedure and doesn't cause any pain.
I hope you have found this post helpful, and I hope you are trying to make each day your best! Have a wonderful week. :)