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Angle Recession Glaucoma


The incidence of angle recession glaucoma could be reduced by prevention of underlying trauma. Data indicate that most eye injuries (e.g. sports-related accidents) in both adults and children are preventable.

  • Public education on the use of eye, face, and/or head protection during high-risk activities may lower the incidence of eye injuries.

  • Public safety standards to reduce the rates of eye injuries can be achieved by enacting legislative policies, such as seatbelt laws and helmet laws.


As with most types of glaucoma, angle recession glaucoma can cause progressive vision loss and eventually blindness. The risk of vision loss depends on many factors, particularly the timeliness of the initial diagnosis and the treatment of the disorder.

The long-term visual outcome of eyes with chronic (long-standing) angle recession glaucoma is not known.

  • Eyes that develop early-onset angle recession glaucoma are thought to have more extensive injury to the angle; however, the degree of angle recession does not always correlate with the severity of glaucoma in these eyes.

  • Late-onset angle recession glaucoma almost always occurs in eyes with angle recession involving more than 180° of the iris. Eyes with angle recession involving all 360° of the iris are at the greatest risk. Hence, the greater amount of angle recession, the higher the risk.

Support Groups and Counseling

Educating people with angle recession glaucoma is important for medical treatment to be successful. The person who understands the long-term, potentially progressive nature of glaucoma is more likely to comply with medical treatment.

For More Information

American Academy of Ophthalmology
655 Beach Street
Box 7424
San Francisco, CA 94120
(415) 561-8500
Glaucoma Research Foundation
490 Post Street, Suite 1427
San Francisco, CA 94102
(800) 826-6693
Prevent Blindness America
211 West Wacker Drive
Suite 1700
Chicago, Illinois 60606
(800) 331-2020
The Glaucoma Foundation
116 John Street, Suite 1605
New York, NY 10038
(212) 285-0080
Lighthouse International
111 East 59th Street
New York, NY 10022-1202
(212) 821-9200
(800) 829-0500

Web Links

American Academy of Ophthalmology

Glaucoma Research Foundation

Prevent Blindness America

The Glaucoma Foundation

Lighthouse International

Synonyms and Keywords

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WebMD Medical Reference from eMedicineHealth

Reviewed by Alan Kozarsky, MD on April 25, 2014

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