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Laser Assisted Cataract Surgery

Southwestern Pennsylvania Eye Center is proud to offer the LenSx® Laser System, a bladeless advanced technology bringing a new level of precision to cataract surgery

Dropless Cataract Surgery

A new advanced procedure to reudce or eliminate the need for eyedrops after cataract surgery

iStent: Glaucoma treatment during cataract surgery

Southwestern Pennsylvania Eye Center is now implanting the iStent® - the smallest medical device to treat your glaucoma at the time of cataract surgery

Facial Aesthetic Center

Visions of Beauty of the Southwestern Pennsylvania Eye Center

Closed-angle Glaucoma

 

A less common form of glaucoma is closed angle (or narrow-angle glaucoma or angle-closure glaucoma). Closed-angle glaucoma occurs when the drainage angle of the eye becomes blocked. Unlike open-angle glaucoma, eye pressure usually goes up very fast. The pressure rises because the iris — the colored part of the eye — partially or completely blocks off the drainage angle. People of Asian descent and those with hyperopia (farsightedness) tend to be more at risk for developing this form of glaucoma. If the drainage angle becomes completely blocked, eye pressure rises quickly resulting in a closed-angle glaucoma attack.

Symptoms of an attack include:

Severe eye or brow pain
Redness of the eye
Decreased or blurred vision
Seeing colored rainbows or halos
Headache
Nausea
Vomiting

A closed-angle glaucoma attack is a medical emergency and must be treated immediately. Unfortunately, people at risk for developing closed-angle glaucoma often have few or no symptoms before the attack.People at risk for closed-angle glaucoma should avoid over-the-counter decongestants and other medications where the packaging states not to use these products if you have glaucoma.

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