Pigment Dispersion Syndrome

Statistics and Associations

  • Liberation of iris pigment cells into anterior chamber can clog drainage canal and increase pressure
  • Typically first seen in white males between 20–40 years old
  • Visual fluctuations common with physical exertion
  • Pigmentary glaucoma occurs in approximately 10-20% of patients
  • If glaucomatous changes occur from PDS, usually happen before fifth decade of life


  • No treatment recommended unless glaucomatous changes occur
  • Laser treatments quite effective as well as topical medications