Early Signs of Glaucoma
Glaucoma is a complex disease where the optic nerve is damaged, resulting in vision loss. Family Eye Health & Contact Lens Center provides the greater Lewiston area with full vision care service, including treatment for glaucoma. Read on to find out about some early signs of glaucoma.
Glaucoma Risk Factors
There are several factors that make one person more likely to develop glaucoma than another. These risk factors include being a woman, African-American or Latino heritage, cardiovascular disease, diabetics, and those with a family history of the condition.
Glaucoma Warning Signs
Glaucoma has several early warning signs that should not be ignored. Some can be found by a visit with a doctor of optometry while others are apparent without professional assistance. If you think you are experiencing any of these symptoms, you should consult your eye doctor.
- Ocular Hypertension: Glaucoma causes the eye to be unable to regulate internal pressure, which causes fluid buildup, increasing eye pressure.
- Headache & Eye Pain: These episodic flare-ups are signs of acute angle-closure glaucoma, and each time one happens, your vision is further eroded.
- Halos Around Lights: This also presents as an overall haziness – like when eyeglasses are smudged.
- Hazy Eyes: Glaucoma not only causes vision to become hazy, but it can also lead to a cloudy cornea that gives the eyes an outwardly hazy look.
- Redness of the Eyes: There are a number of reasons why eyes may appear red and irritated. The rise of pressure in the eye that is associated with glaucoma is one of those reasons.
- Nausea: Generally associated with acute angle-closure glaucoma, this is considered a medical emergency, as it can lead to total blindness in less than 24 hours.
- Blind Spots: Early glaucoma can cause intermittent vision loss in one's side and central vision.
- Dilated Pupils: This is related to the more sudden and serious version of glaucoma where pressure builds quickly.
Think You May Have Glaucoma? Contact Us for an Appointment
To find out more, give the friendly, professional staff at Family Eye Health & Contact Lens Center a call at 207-782-9501 or stop by our office in Lewiston. Our doctor of optometry looks forward to helping you with your vision needs.