Pigment Dispersion Glaucoma

In pigment dispersion, the lens of your eye is rubbing against the back surface of the colored part of your eye. This releases pigment which floats around your eye. This process may be exacerbated by exercise.

We believe there is a mismatch of fluid being pumped into your eye and the amount of fluid exiting the drain (called the angle). By placing a special mirrored contact lens on your eye, the drain may be visualized. 

In pigment dispersion, the drain appears to be clogged up with the pigment floating in your eye. This may cause the fluid to build up in your eye (like your kitchen sink filling up with water). Also, your faucet may be working too good and overwhelming the ability of the drain to get rid of the fluid and pigment fast enough. 

Unlike your kitchen sink, which can spillover on the floor, the eye is contained and the fluid just builds up in the eye. The result is that the fluid starts to compress the other parts of the eye. 

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