Eye Exam Shows Major Pigment Loss

During an eye exam, doctors saw something quite unusual: his iris was glowing! The glow comes from a rare disorder that causes the eye pigment to flake off. According to a report from The New England Journal of Medicine, the 44-year-old man was at an eye clinic after moving to a new area

According to the man, he has a family history of glaucoma. Glaucoma is an eye disease that can do severe damage to the optic nerve. The optic nerve is a group of fibers that connects the back of the eye to the brain.

The reason for the damage is due to an increase in pressure in the eye. When the doctors were looking into the man’s eye, sure enough, there was high eye pressure from a previous diagnosis. Tests were able to show that the pressure behind his eye was slightly above average.

Eye Exam Leads To Man Needing Surgery For The Loss Of His Eye Pigmentation

Even so, once the doctor began the eye exam, under a microscope, he was able to see iris transillumination in both of his eyes.

In laments terms, light was shining through his iris. This occurs when sections of pigment are missing from the eye. The man’s final diagnosis was pigment dispersion syndrome. In this eye condition, the pigment in the eye rubs off the back of the iris. The flakes of pigment then can clog the drainage system in the eye. Thus, resulting in eye pressure that can later turn into glaucoma.

The man had to undergo laser therapy to open the drainage channels that we clogged. The therapy was able to help fluids flow out of his eye as well as reduce the eye pressure. However, according to officials, patients often have to continue taking pressure-reducing medicine for some time after the surgery.