Secondary Causes of Glaucoma

Secondary Glaucoma: Identifying Causes and Customized Treatment Plans

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 Navigating the Complexity of Secondary Glaucoma 

Secondary glaucoma refers to glaucoma resulting from underlying ocular or systemic conditions, such as trauma, inflammation, or certain medications. At Peachtree Ophthalmology, your local eye clinic in Norcross, we focus on identifying the causes and providing customized treatment plans for secondary glaucoma. Here’s what you need to know: 

Underlying Causes: 

Secondary glaucoma can occur due to various underlying conditions, including eye trauma, uveitis, steroid use, diabetes, and retinal diseases. Identifying and addressing these underlying causes are crucial for effective management. Here are eight  major causes of secondary glaucoma: 

  1. Trauma: Eye injuries, including blunt trauma or penetrating injuries, can lead to secondary glaucoma due to damage to the eye’s drainage system. 
  2. Uveitis: Inflammation of the uvea, the middle layer of the eye, can result in secondary glaucoma as inflammatory processes may affect the drainage of aqueous humor. 
  3. Steroid-induced Glaucoma: Long-term use of corticosteroid medications, whether topical, oral, or systemic, can elevate intraocular pressure and lead to glaucoma. 
  4. Diabetes: Individuals with diabetes may develop secondary glaucoma due to changes in blood vessels and increased pressure within the eye. 
  5. Retinal Diseases: Conditions affecting the retina, such as retinal detachment or vein occlusion, can impact the drainage system and contribute to secondary glaucoma. 
  6. Inflammatory Disorders: Systemic inflammatory disorders, such as rheumatoid arthritis or systemic lupus erythematosus, can increase the risk of secondary glaucoma. 
  7. Tumors: Intraocular or orbital tumors can interfere with the normal flow of aqueous humor and lead to elevated intraocular pressure. 
  8. Congenital Conditions: Some congenital eye conditions, like Axenfeld-Rieger syndrome, are associated with structural abnormalities that can cause secondary glaucoma. 

Diagnostic Evaluation: Dr. Washington conducts a comprehensive diagnostic evaluation to determine the underlying cause of secondary glaucoma. This may include imaging tests, intraocular pressure measurements, visual field testing, and assessing the health of the optic nerve. 

Customized Treatment Plans: Treatment for secondary glaucoma is tailored to address the underlying cause while managing intraocular pressure to prevent further optic nerve damage. Treatment modalities may include medications, laser therapy, surgical interventions, or addressing systemic conditions contributing to glaucoma. 

Ongoing Monitoring: Regular monitoring of intraocular pressure and optic nerve health is essential for individuals with secondary glaucoma. Our eye clinic provides personalized follow-up care to ensure treatment efficacy and preserve vision. 

Understanding the causes and customized treatment plans for secondary glaucoma is crucial for optimizing eye health. Schedule an appointment at Peachtree Ophthalmology, located in Norcross near Peachtree Corners,  for comprehensive evaluation and personalized care for secondary glaucoma. 

How To Contact Us

Our eye clinic is ideally located close to the intersection of Holcomb Bridge Rd and Spalding Dr. Serving Norcross GA, Duluth, Sandy Springs, Roswell & Johns Creek.


4045 Wetherburn Way, Ste 1
Peachtree Corners, GA 30092

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Office Hours

Mon - Fri: 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.
Sat & Sun: Closed

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