Subacute Angle-Closure Glaucoma as a Cause of Headache in the Presence of a White Eye


Address all correspondence to Dr. Stuart Fourman, Department of Ophthalmology, State University of New York at Stony, HSC-L2, Room 152, Stony Brook, NY 11794.


Three patients, initially diagnosed with headache syndromes, were subsequently found to have subacute angle-closure glaucoma. In each case, the eye appeared grossly normal and there were no visual symptoms.A comprehensive ophthalmologic examination, including gonioscopy, confirmed the diagnosis. Laser iridotomy was curative with complete resolution of head and face pain. Subacute angle-closure glaucoma is an exception to the maxim that a white eye is not the cause of a painful eye.