If you have been
diagnosed with Krukenberg's Spindle or Pigment Dispersion Syndrome,
you've got it for life. However, to avoid heightening the risk
of getting Pigmentary Glaucoma, there are things that can be done.
first thing to remember is DON'T PANIC!! It's scary when you first
find out, and the main word that sticks in your head is glaucoma.
There is a chance that you will never get glaucoma - all
you are doing by worrying about it is increasing your blood pressure!
diagnosed, have regular eye checks with an opthalmic optician.
The eye checks will be free in the UK as the risk of getting glaucoma
has increased. Just tell them you're entitled to a free eye test
(reason: glaucoma risk) when you make the appointment.
to avoid exercise/activities that contains jogging or bouncing.
The vibration can cause pigment to flake off and block/damage
the meshwork covering the drainage channel, resulting in raised
IOPs and damaged optic nerves.
you start to experience pain behind the eye/s, see an opthalmic
optician as soon as you can, or go to the nearest hospital to
get the IOP (intra-ocular pressure) measured. High pressure in
the eye can damage the optic nerve.
the eye pressure has increased, you may be prescribed eye drops
(Xalatan - Latanoprost) to take each evening. (I have these, and
they have really helped.)
cutting down on caffeine.
treatments available, if the eye drops don't work, are:
treatment - the laser breaks up the particles of pigment blocking
the drainage meshwork in the eye (Trabeculoplasty). This is done
in the same manner as having an eye examination. Drops are put
into the eye to shrink the pupil size. The laser is a very thin
beam of light that 'zaps' the meshwork, creating a hole through
which the fluid can escape. The zaps can be felt slightly, and
causes mild discomfort at the time. The procedure takes around
10 minutes. After the operation you may be prescribed antibiotic
eye drops for a short while to avoid any infection from occuring.
operation - this is done under a local anaesthetic. A new drainage
channel is made so that the pressure in the eye can reduce. Again,
you will be prescribed antibiotic drops to avoid infection.
are trying to find out if a specific gene is responsible for Pigment
Dispersion/Krukenberg's. One day, there may be a cure!
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