Glaucoma is one of the leading causes of vision loss worldwide. This progressive disease results in damage to your optic nerve that can lead to irreversible blindness if not treated in a timely manner. For this reason, it’s crucial that you catch glaucoma in its earliest stages.
While the best way to detect glaucoma is by going for regular eye exams, it’s also important to be on the lookout for potential warning signs of glaucoma as you get older. In honor of World Glaucoma Week, we’re going to discuss some of the most common warning signs. If you experience any of these, schedule an appointment with Dr. Kirk at once.
- Halos around lights – This is most commonly experienced while driving at night. If you see halos around streetlights, schedule an eye exam.
- Deteriorated vision in one or both eyes – Common issues include a change in the sharpness of your vision, development of a blind spot in your visual field or deterioration of peripheral vision.
- Rainbow rings around lights – The appearance of multi-colored rings around lights is a common sign of glaucoma.
- Pressure or pain in the eye – This can be sharp or dull pain. You may also feel general pressure throughout the eye.
- Nausea – This may or may not be accompanied by vomiting. When this occurs along with some of the other symptoms on this list, it may be a sign you have glaucoma.
- Cloudy appearance in the eyes – You should be able to detect this cloudy appearance in a mirror.
- Severe and sudden headaches – This may be a sign of glaucoma if you experience these headaches in association with some of the other symptoms on this list.
- Chronic redness in the eyes – Eyes that are consistently red day in and day out may be a sign of glaucoma.
- Sudden, unexpected eye pain – Severe eye pain that starts without warning is often a sign that you may be experiencing an acute glaucoma attack. If this occurs, seek emergency eyecare treatment.
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