Acute Angle-Closure Glaucoma in Emergency Medicine Workup

Updated: May 03, 2021
  • Author: Nicole Anthony, MD; Chief Editor: Steven C Dronen, MD, FAAEM  more...
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Approach Considerations

The diagnosis of acute angle-closure glaucoma (AACG) is predicated upon the clinical presentation of painful vision loss and a physical examination revealing a fixed mid-dilated pupil. No definitive laboratory or imaging studies are available; however, tonometry must be performed and must demonstrate increased intraocular pressure (IOP).