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What is pseudoexfoliation syndrome?

Pseudoexfoliation syndrome occurs when a flaky, dandruff-like material peels off the outer layer of the lens of the eye.

The material collects in the angle between the cornea and the iris and can clog the drainage system of the eye. This clogging can cause a build-up of eye pressure and may lead to a type of glaucoma called pseudoexfoliative glaucoma.

Long recognized as common in those of Scandinavian descent, pseudoexfoliation syndrome is now seen more frequently in people of other ethnicities as well such as Mongolians, South African blacks and Mediterranean peoples.

Treatment for this syndrome includes medications, laser therapy and filtering surgery.

Last reviewed on August 23, 2012

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