Asian people are more prone to angle closure glaucoma, this is the cause

Suara.com – Glaucoma is an eye disease that can cause blindness. The disease occurs due to damage to the nerve cells of the eye. Glaucoma is divided into two types, namely open-angle and closed-angle.

At the corner of the eye, people with open-angle glaucoma are in a normal position, but the water outlet is not functioning properly.

While in angle-closure glaucoma, the iris is pressed against the cornea, as a result the corner of the chamber of the eye is closed and prevents the release of water.

The Mongoloid race, like most Indonesians, if they have glaucoma, are more prone to angle closure.

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An ophthalmologist at Cicendo Hospital Bandung, dr. Elsa Gustianty, Sp.M(K)., said that the condition is probably because the Mongoloid race has a smaller eye lens.

“Most of the Indonesian people or the Mongoloid race usually experience angle-closure glaucoma. In fact, the degree of blindness is the most severe angle-closure, especially in Indonesia, most of them are chronic,” said doctor Elsa in the Health Radio broadcast of the Ministry of Health, Monday (21/3/ 2022).

Angle-closure glaucoma causes symptoms more suddenly. A person may feel fine, but the day after, symptoms such as red eyes, pain, and blurred vision appear.

Elsa’s doctor said the condition was a sign that the pressure in the eye was too high. “If the eye pressure is very high, the patient may even experience nausea and vomiting,” he said.

Meanwhile, open-angle glaucoma is not very symptomatic. It’s just that slowly the field of view will also fade. But there was no red eye or pain in the area around the eye.

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“But actually both are equally dangerous. If found in the late stages, both can lead to blindness,” he said.