Signs and Symptoms of Glaucoma
Over 3 million patients in the United States suffer from glaucoma which is the leading cause of preventable blindness in the nation. According to the National Eye Institute, the number of glaucoma cases will increase to around 4.2 million by 2030. While not all individuals with glaucoma lose their vision, nearly 120,000 are considered legally blind.
Glaucoma is a condition that is caused by increased intraocular pressure (the pressure inside the eye) which leads to optical nerve damage and, eventually, permanent vision loss. The increase in eye pressure can be caused by a blockage of the eye drainage canals, other eye conditions or injury to the head. As much as 40% of one’s vision can be lost as a result of glaucoma, and cannot be regained through treatment.
The signs and symptoms of glaucoma are often gradual. For this reason, glaucoma is considered to be a particularly insidious and “sneaky” condition. Some signs include blurry/hazy vision, seeing colorful halos around lights, head and eye pain, nausea, and loss of sight (either sudden or slow). Unfortunately, many of these symptoms are subtle and can go unnoticed until serious vision loss begins.
If you have a family history of glaucoma or have experienced any of these symptoms, visit a professional ophthalmologist for a full examination. Contact Ophthalmic Specialists of Michigan to make an appointment today!