This needs to be monitored carefully, as there is increased risk of glaucoma. With the iris adhering to the lens, there is blockage of the aqueous humor flow from the posterior chamber to the anterior chamber. This blocked drainage can cause the intraocular pressure to increase, causing damage to the optic nerve.
A synechia happens when the iris adheres to either the cornea or lens. Synechiae can be caused by ocular trauma, iritis or iridocyclitis and may lead to certain types of glaucoma. Anterior synechia causes closed angle glaucoma, which means that the iris prevents proper drainage of the aqueous. This raises the intraocular pressure. Posterior synechia also cause… Continue Reading
A basketball caused severe damage to the iris and permanent vision loss in this patient! We must continually monitor for glaucoma. Trauma like this can result in enucleation, which is surgical removal of the eye, often replaced with a prosthetic. This stresses the importance of protective eye wear for all sports, especially those involving a… Continue Reading