Glaucoma can often go unnoticed because patients may not experience any clear symptoms until late in the disease. This makes early detection crucial to identify the underlying signs of glaucoma and begin to manage its negative effects.
Patients over 40 years of age should get an eye exam atleast once every two years. However, it is ideal to book annual eye exams to detect glaucoma and other eye-related diseases at the earliest stage.
The gradual loss of peripheral vision is the primary indicator of glaucoma. If left untreated, vision will continue to decline causing permanent damage to the eye. There are instances where the pressure inside the eye can quickly rise to extreme levels resulting in rapid vision loss.
If you are experiencing any of the following symptoms seek immediate medical attention.
- +Seeing halos around lights
- +Vision loss
- +Redness in the eye
- +Eye that looks hazy (particularly in infants)
- +Nausea or vomiting
- +Eye pain
- +Narrowed vision (tunnel vision)