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Understanding Glaucoma with Our Optometry Team in Fair Oaks, CA

One of the most common causes of vision loss, affecting 3 million Americans, is glaucoma, and here at Swan Family Optometry in Fair Oaks CA, it's our mission to educate people about this condition and provide early screening and diagnostic tools in order to optimize our community's ocular health.

In today's blog post, we're going to discuss an important aspect of glaucoma awareness: early symptoms. Specifically, we're going to talk about the most common type of glaucoma, called open-angle glaucoma.

Top 3 Symptoms of Glaucoma

Open-angle glaucoma is progressive vision loss caused by damage to the optic nerve. This is usually associated with an increased inner eye pressure. Here are the top early symptoms to look out for:

  • NO signs or symptoms. Most people who have glaucoma won't notice any signs or symptoms in the early stages. For our purposes, this drives home the importance of getting regular glaucoma screenings with a Fair Oaks optometrist, at least every 1 to 3 years if you're 40 or older.
  • Loss of peripheral vision. A person may begin to notice progressive "tunnel vision." Eventually, a person’s entire visual field becomes blurry.
  • Seeing halos around bright light sources. This visual trickery may also make a person more sensitive to bright lights.

Another type of glaucoma, called acute angle-closure glaucoma, is considered a rare medical emergency and requires immediate medical attention. Its symptoms come on suddenly and include blurry vision, severe head and eye pain, rainbow-colored circles around bright lights, nausea, vomiting, and sudden blindness.

Are You at Risk for Glaucoma?

If you're over 40 or have known risk factors for glaucoma, including high blood pressure, severe nearsightedness, diabetes, or a family history, we encourage you to call Swan Family Optometry to schedule a glaucoma screening with Dr. Elisabeth Swan or Dr. Tracy Chan. We use advanced diagnostic tools and evidence-based treatments to help you manage and improve your eye health at any age. Call 916-966-6080 today!

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