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Know the Signs and Symptoms of Glaucoma

Happy 2020, Rx Optical readers! While we hope you had a great 2019, we are extremely excited for the new year. This coming year might even be our favorite, because it gives us the opportunity to make an insane amount of 20-20 vision references. So, stay tuned!

It may be a year full of jokes, references and subtle puns, but it’s also a year of eye education.

Did you know that January is Glaucoma Awareness Month? Let’s talk about the signs and symptoms of this tricky condition.

What is Glaucoma?

You’ve probably heard of glaucoma, but you might not know what it is. Well, glaucoma is an eye disease that damages the optic nerve. This nerve is located at the back of the eye and is what connects the eye to the brain. It sends light signals to your mind and allows you to see.

One type of glaucoma, called primary open-angle glaucoma (POAG), typically happens gradually, when eye fluid doesn’t drain as well as it should. Because of this, pressure is built up within the eye and the optic nerve gets damaged.

Another type, angle-closure glaucoma, happens rather quickly and is the result of the iris being too close to the drainage angle in the eye. This then blocks the eye from its draining capabilities, which causes eye pressure to rise quickly.

Symptoms

Those who suffer from angle-closure glaucoma may experience no symptoms prior to an attack, so it’s best to call your doctor if you experience blurred vision, mild headaches or eye pain.

Other glaucoma related symptoms may include:

  • Blind spots: Glaucoma causes lack of sight and frequent blind patches in your peripheral or main line of vision.
  • Tunnel vision: In advanced stages of POAG, tunnel vision, or trouble viewing objects that are not close to the center of the field of view, may occur.
  • Halos: Halos are circular and bright shapes that surround lights. These are a known indicator for glaucoma.
  • Eye pain: Glaucoma can cause pain both on the surface and deeper within the eye as a result of the disease. This should not be taken lightly. If you’re experiencing pain, schedule an eye appointment

 

Additional symptoms of glaucoma include headache, nausea, vomiting, seeing rainbows, redness of the eye, and more.

Did you know that glaucoma is one of the leading causes of blindness in the United States? If you experience any of the symptoms above, come see us. We want to make sure we can help you identify the symptoms of glaucoma, take appropriate preventative measures, and receive necessary treatment.

The earlier we can detect the disease, the earlier we can help treat it. Make sure you’re scheduling an annual eye exam so that we can be certain to check for any signs you may not have noticed.

Some things change with the coming of the new year, but the consistent and reliable care found at Rx Optical never will. Schedule an exam with us! We are always ready to take care of you and your eyes.