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What is the first sign of Glaucoma?

Glaucoma forms when there is damage to the optic nerve caused by high intraocular pressure, or draining blockage of fluid from the eye. It can lead to vision loss. Unfortunately, when trying to determine what is the first sign of glaucoma, it may already be too late to repair the progressive vision loss. At the Annan Retina Eye Center, our ophthalmologists strongly advise you to get regular eye exams for an eye pressure check, especially if you have a family history of glaucoma, have noticed changes in vision, have diabetes or high blood pressure, or are over the age of 60.

Glaucoma isn’t always easy to spot as it’s gradual in progressing. Even though noticing changes in your vision can mean various things, we do find it significant to describe some symptoms you may be able to detect. Although, symptoms may vary depending on the type of glaucoma. So, what is the first sign of glaucoma?

Open-Angle Glaucoma:

Patchy blind spots and tunnel vision.

Angle-closure Glaucoma:

Severe headaches, eye pain/redness, blurred vision, halo around lights, haziness in the cornea, nausea/vomiting, and cloudy vision.

The idea that we will not be able to note the first sign of glaucoma can leave us feeling out of control and so we have outlined some preventative measures you can take to help you feel at ease. Scheduling your regular eye exams, keeping a healthy diet, knowing your family history in case you need more regular eye visits, and using eye drops can all help in reducing the risk of glaucoma.

If you are wondering when the last time you received an eye exam was, it’s probably time to schedule one. Don’t wait to spot changes in vision until you see your ophthalmologist. As we know now when asking, what is the first sign of glaucoma? The first sign can also be the first symptom.

If you are noticing any changes in vision, you can schedule your next visit with Dr. El Annan at the Annan Retina Eye Center. Please call 346-222-6626 to speak to a member of staff who will be more than happy to help you.

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