Early Signs of Glaucoma
In the United States, glaucoma is an eye condition that affects over 2.5 million people. This eye disease is considered very serious, as it is a leading cause of blindness in this country and around the world. Once a person becomes blind from glaucoma, it is irreversible. One of the best things you can do to protect yourself from this devastating eye disease is to understand it, know the early signs, and keep up with comprehensive routine eye exams.
Common Symptoms of Glaucoma
There are two types of glaucoma including open-angle glaucoma and angle-closure glaucoma. Open-angle glaucoma is the most common type. Some of the early warning signs include blind spots in the peripheral or central vision and advanced stages of tunnel vision. In the earliest stages of open-angle glaucoma, there might not be any symptoms at all. It is usually diagnosed during a comprehensive routine eye exam, which involves a vision acuity test, pupil dilation, and a tonometry, which is done to measure eye pressure.
Early signs of angle-closure glaucoma usually include severe eye pain, headaches, fatigue, blurred vision, and seeing halos around lights. If you notice any changes in your vision, it's important to see an optometrist or ophthalmologist.
If you experience any of the early signs of glaucoma, our optometrist in Tucson may recommend seeing a specialist called an ophthalmologist. This type of eye doctor is different than an optometrist because they have had more training and are qualified to diagnose and treat certain diseases of the eye.
If you show early signs of glaucoma, you may need to take medications or eye drops that can help to decrease eye pressure. Some patients may also need to undergo certain surgical procedures.
Contact Our Tucson, AZ Eye Doctor Today
If you are concerned that you have glaucoma symptoms and need to see an optometrist or ophthalmologist, contact us today at 520-293-6740. We are located in Tucson, AZ but serve Oro Valley and Marana as well. You can also schedule your routine eye exam by calling the same number or by filling out an appointment request online.