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What is Pigment Dispersion Syndrome

What is Pigment Dispersion Syndrome?

Pigment dispersion syndrome (PDS) is a disorder of the eye that has to do with the pigment that is in the iris of the eye. It can be a painful condition, and it should be treated if needed to prevent additional damage to the eye. If you live in or around Tucson and suffer from pigment-dispersion syndrome or another eye condition, contact our ophthalmologists at Fishkind, Bakewell, Maltzman, & Hunter.

The Pigment of the Eye

The iris of the eye contains pigment. It is this pigment that gives eyes their unique color. While this pigment is supposed to stay in the iris, the back of the iris can shed some of this pigment. The pigment then goes around into different portions of the eye before entering the fluid inside the eye known as the aqueous humor. When the pigment settles there, it can clog the drainage channel of your eye and increase your eye pressure.

Eye Pressure

The pressure of the eye is an important measurement of your eye's health. During a comprehensive eye exam, a test of your eye pressure is conducted to see if you have glaucoma. When pigment has entered the fluid of the eye and prevented some of it from draining properly, this can lead to a buildup of fluid and higher pressure. Having high eye pressure often results in glaucoma, and it can cause damage to your eye resulting in vision loss. You can read more about PDS here.

Get Your Eyes Tested in Tucson, AZ

This condition along with many other eye health conditions can present subtle signs that can only be detected by an eye doctor during a comprehensive eye examination. Our ophthalmologists in Tucson recommend annual eye exams to monitor and maintain your vision for optimal eye health. Early detection and treatment of an eye condition often mean the difference between permanent vision loss and healthy eyes. Call our team at Fishkind, Bakewell, Maltzman, & Hunter today at (520) 293-6740 or reach us through our website by using our online contact form.

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