IN COMPARISON with the normal, the anterior chamber in primary glaucoma often appears extremely shallow. This alteration in the depth of the chamber, which is regarded as one of the most characteristic signs of acute glaucoma, has attracted attention from several points of view, particularly with regard to the pathogenesis and etiology of glaucoma.
The shallowness of the anterior chamber in glaucoma has been considered due to a high pressure in the vitreous body. This opinion was held by von Graefe but has not remained unquestioned, since many clinical observations have indicated that a shallow anterior chamber may in itself predispose the patient to glaucoma.
The absence of a generally accepted explanation of the origin and significance of the shallow anterior chamber is due in the main to the complicated state of affairs encountered in investigations of this problem. The considerable experimental data available can be considered applicable to physiological
ROSENGREN B. STUDIES IN DEPTH OF THE ANTERIOR CHAMBER OF THE EYE IN PRIMARY GLAUCOMA. Arch Ophthalmol. 1950;44(4):523-538. doi:10.1001/archopht.1950.00910020533005