Written by on July 11th, 2018
Glaucoma Symptoms You Should Never Ignore

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Glaucoma is a common, yet serious, eye condition that should be addressed as quickly as possible when symptoms appear. It is a condition that will progressively develop and worsen without treatment, so it’s imperative to seek treatment even during the earliest stages. If you’re concerned about any recent changes you’ve experienced in your eyes, review the following symptoms of glaucoma so you’ll know when to schedule an appointment.

What Is Glaucoma?

Glaucoma, in short, is when there is added fluid pressure within your eye that causes damage to your optic nerve, affecting your peripheral vision and causing tunnel vision. One concerning aspect of glaucoma is that symptoms may not immediately be noticed by the patient, which is why routine eye exams are encouraged. Glaucoma typically affects older patients, and any symptoms or a diagnosis should not be ignored.

What Glaucoma Symptoms Should I Watch For?

There are two types of glaucoma: open-angle and closed-angle. Closed-angle is generally more severe. Our doctors have documented the symptoms of both types of glaucoma warranting an immediate appointment, which include:

Open-Angle Glaucoma

  • Blind spots anywhere in your vision
  • Advanced-stage tunnel vision

Closed-Angle Glaucoma

  • Severe headaches
  • Intense eye pain
  • Nausea and vomiting
  • Blurry eyesight
  • Halos when viewing light
  • Red eyes

The American Academy of Ophthalmology also provides a detailed source on glaucoma.

How Do I Go About Treatment for Glaucoma?

At Your Eye Specialists, we will encourage you first to try prescription eye drops to remedy the condition. If eye drops do not adequately treat your symptoms, we have several other glaucoma treatment options, including oral medication and surgical procedures, that we can discuss with you at your consultation.

Schedule an Appointment

To meet with one of our highly trained and experienced doctors, call us today at 954-452-9922 or schedule a consultation online. We have five locations in South Florida: Aventura, Jupiter, Plantation, Pembroke Pines, and Weston.