Pigmentary dispersion glaucoma is another form of glaucoma that will have a fairly open angle between the iris and the cornea. The glaucoma angle itself can be fairly wide and makes the iris rub against the lens and the fibers that will hold the eye lens into place. This grating process is much like rubbing chalk against a chalkboard, and pigment will fall away from the iris and clog up the trabecular meshwork within the eye.
Early incidence glaucoma is usually diagnosed as pigmentary dispersion glaucoma, and males seem much more susceptible to this type of eye illness than are females. In fact, this type of glaucoma most commonly affects males who are in their twenties to early thirties, and many of these men will not receive an eye exam because they feel that only old people experience glaucoma symptoms.
The main theory behind male glaucoma is that the eyes of men will expand and become larger than those of females, and as the eye grows larger there is a greater incidence of the iris rubbing against fibers that hold the lens into place.
Getting back to eye pigments, these can clog up pretty much any part of the eye making it hard for ocular fluid to circulate effectively, eventually building up ocular pressure to a point which is not only painful but also dangerous to vision.
A further danger of pigmentary dispersion glaucoma is that having your eyes dilated when you see an ophthalmologist for a regular eye exam can be fairly dangerous, and working in dark settings for extended periods of time can result in a dilated pupil which will make these glaucoma symptoms even worse.
If possible, try to work in as lighted a setting as possible in order to prevent any further damage to the eye itself, and a miotic glaucoma drug can help keep the pupil constricted in order to not worry about your eyes dilating.
Exercise can also make pigmentary dispersion glaucoma much worse, so it may be necessary to discuss with an ophthalmologist various forms of exercise that will do less damage to the eyes such as walking and stretching instead of running.
Thankfully, pigmentary dispersion glaucoma will usually fix itself as one ages and as long as they take care to follow the aforementioned steps to prevent further glaucoma damage. As an individual ages, the chances of having pigment released from their irises decreases, and it is much easier to clean up any clogs in the ocular meshwork.
Keep in mind that individuals who experience pigmentary dispersion glaucoma will not necessarily develop the illness itself, as it mostly depends on environmental conditions that will make the illness worse such as working during nights or doing rough exercise.
If you do notice odd flecks of pigments surrounding the eye or if it feels like your iris is grating away at your lens, it may be a good idea to be checked out by an eye care professional. Never think that glaucoma symptoms can not affect someone at a very young age.