Pigment dispersion syndrome and extreme fear



Submitted by Anonymous (not verified) on Mon, 01/28/2019 - 00:30
Did you perform any surgery for the eyes?
Do you suffer from pre-existing illnesses in the eye?
Do you suffer from any diseases in the body?
Do you use any eye drops?
Do you wear Contact lenses or Eyeglasses?

I wear glasses i am short sighted. But not much





I have been diagnosed with pigment disperse syndrome four months ago i have seen two people once a optometrist who said to come again after two years and an eye doctor just yesterday.she said i don't have to alter my everyday lifestyle in the view of exercises.

I have read online that even reading makes the pigment dispersion worse. Also i read online a lot of contradictory things and i am scared to death to lose my eye sight .I am devastated and feel i'm sick.i have read a lot of horror stories online but find the doctors here in ireland are brushing me off.

She scheduled to see me again in a years time,but everywhere i read it is saying it has to be evaluated more than once a year. I  am out of my mind scared.at the two checkups i have had normal eye pressure.

Thank you in advance



Thanks for your Question



The cause behind pigment dispersion syndrome is a friction between the iris and the zonules or lens due to abnormal iris configuration. This friction will cause the release of iris pigments which with time can block the trabecular meshwork and gradual increase in intraocular pressure.

Any thing that makes the iris to dilate and constrict can cause release of iris pigments such as moving from dark to lighted room, reading and exercise

Not all patients with this syndrome will develop glaucoma, this syndrome can transform to pigment dispersion glaucoma in about 30% of patients and it occurs in men three times more than female. 

Patients with pigment dispersion syndrome without any elevation in intraocular pressure should be examined once per year. Sometimes your doctor might ask you for more frequent follow up visits if there are other risk factors.

This type of glaucoma respond very well to laser trabeculplasty and this procedure can be repeated many times without any complication

Once all the iris pigments are released, the severity of glaucoma will decrease gradually