Pseudoexfoliation syndrome (PES) is an eye condition that leads to glaucoma. This condition has been called this because deposits on the surface of the lens look like flakes of dandruff, as if the lens capsule has exfoliated (shed the flakes). This is due to parts of the eye creating these flakes. If PES results in increased intraocular pressure and/or resulting changes on the optic nerve, then treatment is typically prescribed eyedrops to lower eye pressure.
A recent study suggests that PES is a secondary result of aging, and may be due to lower availability of antioxidants to the eyes. The result may result of higher intensity of oxidative stress.Eur J Ophthalmol. 2006 Mar-Apr;16(2):268-73.
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