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Subspecialties Glaucoma

Musings of a Prospective Angle Closure Patient

My interest in angle closure disease is both professional and personal. As an Asian woman with a strong family history of glaucoma – my mother had bilateral acute primary angle closure (APAC) and my father is a primary angle closure suspect (PACS) – irido-trabecular contact seems written into my genetic code. When I first embarked on my residency 15 years ago, laser peripheral iridotomy (LPI) was regarded as the “gold standard” treatment for angle closure disease, even in the absence of glaucoma or raised IOP (1). Surveys show that 84.9 percent of ophthalmologists in Singapore (2) and 75 percent in the United Kingdom would advise LPI for asymptomatic PACS (3).

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About the Author

Chelvin Sng

Sng is Consultant Ophthalmologist at the National University Hospital, Singapore; Assistant Professor at the National University of Singapore; Honorary Consultant at Moorfields Eye Hospital, London, UK. She was voted #9 in The Ophthalmologist Rising Star Power List in 2017.

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