Spot the signs of glaucoma early and you may save your future eyesight.
As one of the leading causes of blindness in America, glaucoma is a serious condition that comes on so gradually that many do not even notice the symptoms until the most advanced stages. Glaucoma is an eye condition in which damage is caused to the optic nerve resulting in a loss of vision. An early diagnosis is your best defense against blindness or severe eyesight problems. Stay up-to-date on your appointments with an eye doctor, and always be ready for these warning signs.
- Any eye pain – Make an appointment with your eye doctor if you ever notice any unexplained pains or discomfort around your eyes.
- Compromised peripheral vision – Vision loss associated with glaucoma often begins in the corners of your eyesight. At first, you won't notice any problems while looking straight ahead. Check your vision while looking to your far right and left. If you notice any blind spots or other difficulties, it's time to see your doctor.
- Vision changes – Along with blind spots, you may notice a gradual blurring of your vision, a struggle to see well in low lighting, or a halo effect when encountering bright lights.
- Changes to the eyeball – Investigate any noticeable changes in your eye's appearance, such as unexplained reddening.
- Nausea or vomiting – Glaucoma can cause an upset stomach, especially if your ailments coincide with a sudden or severe pain in the eyes.
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