Early Signs of Glaucoma
When it comes to eye care and optometry, monitoring for early signs of glaucoma is crucial to preventing extreme symptoms associated with glaucoma. Our Fair Oaks, CA office is ready to serve you on an annual basis for glaucoma screening in order to lower risks associated with glaucoma before it progresses.
If you are above the age of 40, it is important that you consider annual testing for glaucoma. This does not mean that you can’t get glaucoma otherwise. Even infants and children have been diagnosed with glaucoma, although rare.
Two types of glaucoma exist: acute angle-closure glaucoma (ACG) or open-angle glaucoma (OAG). The ratio of OAG to ACG is 32:1. OAG glaucoma ratio compared to ACG ratio is 32:1, but approximately 50% of patients may experience blindness with ACG rather than OAG partly due to how rapidly the progression is.
10 Common Signs of Early Stage Glaucoma
Although having just one symptom is not indicative of glaucoma, it is important to keep the early signs in mind because it could save your vision. Usually more than one of these signs will be present if you are suspect of glaucoma, but always talk to your optometrist if you are experiencing any of these symptoms in your annual visit at our Fair Oaks location.
Peripheral or Side Vision Decreases
Oftentimes, your side vision will become blurry or you may experience blind spots in your side vision. This could be early warning signs of optic nerve damage.
Intraocular Eye Pressure Increases (IOP)
Increased eye pressure is an early warning sign that should be addressed immediately. It is caused by an increase in production of fluids and drainage in the eye. ACG patients will especially experience this symptom. Your eye pressure may feel highest in the morning. It is important to get adequate sleep to decrease eye pressure risks.
Although most types of glaucoma experience few symptoms, blurred vision is something that should be addressed immediately, especially because it is often associated with ACG. In most cases, your annual visits will detect damage to the optic nerve before symptoms like this will occur, but if you have this experience, you should make an optometry appointment immediately.
Halos or Rainbows around the Eyes
Halos or rainbows around the eyes could be attributed to many things including glaucoma. It’s better to play it safe if you experience this and seek eye care. In addition to glaucoma, you could experience cataracts, night vision, diabetes symptoms, or foreign matter in the cornea.
Severe Eye Pain
If you are experiencing severe eye pain, make sure you contact us immediately. It could be ACG or later stages of OCG. Some cataract patients also report a blurred and severe eye pain. As we go down the list, some other symptoms may even be reactions to your severe eye pain.
Headaches may result due to eyes not draining properly due to glaucoma. It will manifest not only in the eyes as eye pressure but pain in the forehead.
Abdominal Pain, Nausea, and Vomiting
If you are experiencing hypertension due to IOP it can make you feel nauseated and sick to your stomach. In some cases, you may experience vomiting or vertigo. Vertigo could be due to the presence of glaucoma in just one eye. Commonly drainage in the ear canal causes vertigo more than eye drainage.
Redness in the Eye
Redness in the eye can signal ACG. Obviously, other reasons exist for redness in the eye such as allergies, foreign matter on the cornea, or bright lights. If it persists, it’s always best to consult our optometry department to easily handle your eye care in the early stages.
Tunnel vision is often the result of the loss of peripheral vision, which requires a thorough glaucoma test. Others may experience tunnel vision due to too much screen time. No matter what, this is a symptom to see your optometrist about to handle it sooner than later.
Hardening of the Eyeball
Some patients feel like their cornea is hardening as a sign of glaucoma. It’s hard to tell just by feeling and avoid touching the cornea directly. If you have this symptom make an appointment immediately with our Fair Oaks, CA facility.
Call Us Today!
If you want to learn more about glaucoma or make an appointment with our optometrist, give us a call today at 916-966-6080. We look forward to meeting you and helping you improve your vision.