Monday, December 18, 2006

Young H. Kwon, MD PhD, John H. Fingert, MD PhD, and Emily C. Greenlee, MD

About the Authors

Young H. Kwon, MD PhD, is an Associate Professor of Ophthalmology, specializing in glaucoma. He teaches glaucoma to medical students, resident and fellow physicians, and is interested in educating the public about glaucoma. His research interests include computer diagnosis of glaucoma, development of slow-release glaucoma medications, and cell biology of glaucoma.

John H. Fingert, MD PhD is an Assistant Professor specializing in medical glaucoma. His research interests include the molecular genetics of and genetic testing for inherited eye diseases.

Emily Greenlee, MD is an Assistant Professor specializing in glaucoma and comprehensive ophthalmology. Her primary practice site is at the VA Medical Center in Iowa City.


My wife is Asian, 56 years of age, and was recently told she has narrow angles. She was scheduled for a Laser Peripheral Iridotomy in both eyes (one at a time). We canceled at the last minute cause we are worried about complications from the treatment. What are the chances she might ever develop ACG? Should she have the procedure or not? Currently she has no symptoms and is healthy. We are also concerned cause she has dark irides which we learned are harder to treat. Any additional info is welcome. Email me at

9:54 AM  
Blogger MedRounds Publications said...

Narrow angle is a condition that can lead to acute or chronic angle closure glaucoma, which can lead to vision loss. When an ophthalmologist sees a narrow angle judged to be at risk for angle closure, he/she usually recommends a laser iridotomy to prevent pupillary block glaucoma.

If you don't feel comfortable with the opinion of the first doctor, I would encourage that she seek a second opinion from a reputable ophthalmologist in your area.

Young H. Kwon, MD PhD

1:20 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

My father, Asian, age 69, very healthy, has glaucoma. On his first visit, his L-eye pressure was 64 and R-eye pressure was 53. After Dr. prescribe him some eye drops & went back in 2 days, his eyes pressure were 27 on Left & 17 on the right. The doctor suggested trabeculectomy to be done in one week. Should he have the surgery or continue taking medications due to the tremendous drop in pressures? Any comments/info are greatly appreciated or email Thanks.

10:24 AM  
Blogger MedRounds Publications said...

I agree that your father had a substantial response to the glaucoma medications given. However, only the treating physician who has an intimate knowledge of your father's eye condition is able to make recommendations regarding specific treatments for your father. If you are not comfortable with the recommendation, you can always consider obtaining a second opinion.

Thank you.

Young H. Kwon, MD PhD

8:40 PM  

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