Clarifying the nomenclature for primary angle-closure glaucoma

Yong Yeon Kim, Hai Ryun Jung

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    Despite tremendous development in the field of glaucoma, there is confusion in the nomenclature system for classification, gonioscopy, and mechanisms of primary angle-closure glaucoma. In this article, we critically review the various nomenclature systems and suggest some modifications to the current classifications. These include four diagnostic categories: 1) angle- closure glaucoma suspect; 2) angle-closure hypertension; 3) chronic angle- closure glaucoma; and 4) acute angle-closure glaucoma. Gonioscopy is valuable for evaluating primary angle-closure glaucoma but more precise descriptions of gonioscopic observations are needed. Because of racial differences in the prevalence and mechanisms of primary angle-closure glaucoma, worldwide population-based study is necessary. Newer technologies, such as ultrasound biomicroscopy, show promise for the study of primary angle-closure glaucoma.

    Original languageEnglish
    Pages (from-to)125-136
    Number of pages12
    JournalSurvey of Ophthalmology
    Issue number2
    Publication statusPublished - 1997 Sept


    • Acute angle-closure glaucoma
    • Angle- closure ocular hypertension
    • Angle-closure glaucoma suspect
    • Chronic angle-closure glaucoma
    • Creeping angle closure
    • Gonioscopy
    • Plateau iris
    • Primary angle-closure glaucoma

    ASJC Scopus subject areas

    • Ophthalmology


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