Written by yeseyes on March 14th, 2018

Glaucoma is progressive. Over time, the disease will cause damage to your optic nerves. The primary reason for said damage is due to fluid buildup near the front of the eyeball itself. The fluid in question has nowhere else to drain. If left unattended, glaucoma may lead to irreversible blindness. While there is no cure for glaucoma, and no cure for blindness, preventing the progression of the disease is entirely possible. We can help. But you need to watch for early warning signs, too!

Early Signs

Glaucoma is a leading cause of blindness. Between 9-12% of all cases of blindness are caused by glaucoma. Seniors are typically at higher risk for the disease, which is why regular eye examinations are crucial. So, if you or a loved one experience any of the following early signs, seek an ophthalmologist promptly.

  • Loss of peripheral vision – Typically the first sign of vision loss due to glaucoma
  • Halos – If you notice rainbow-colored circles forming around lights, or are sensitive to lights, you may be afflicted with glaucoma
  • Redness – A dull redness, sometimes accompanied by pain, may be a sign of injury, infection, or acute glaucoma.

Immediate Steps

During the initial stages of glaucoma, seeking prompt treatment can help delay progression. This is the primary reason why early diagnosis is so crucial. Once you’ve noticed the early warning signs, schedule an appointment promptly.

Glaucoma treatments typically include medicine, laser trabeculoplasty, conventional surgery, or a combination of these treatments. Many treatments will help save your remaining vision, though they will not improve sight for already lost vision.

Contact Us

If you experience any of the previously mentioned warning signs of glaucoma, schedule an appointment with Your Eye Specialists. You can schedule with us today by calling 954-452-9922. We’ll put you on the right path to prevent further vision loss.