Pseudoexfoliation Glaucoma

In pseudoexfoliation, the support system (zonule) for the lens of your eye is disintegrating. Why this happens is unknown. There are undoubtedly genetic factors at work. This white flaky material floats around your eye.

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 pseudoexfoliation, the drain appears to be clogged up with the white flaky material 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 pseudoexfoliation material 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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