Glaucoma Symptoms – Hudson Valley, NY
Glaucoma gradually deteriorates the vision and can eventually lead to total blindness. This common eye disease affects roughly 3 million Americans. Fortunately, glaucoma can be treated, and a person’s vision can be preserved. However, to increase the chances of successful treatment, glaucoma needs to be addressed early on, before too much damage has occurred. That is why it is important for patients to recognize the early symptoms of glaucoma, especially if they are at high risk for the condition, due to age, a family history of the disease, or the presence of other health problems. Routine vision care, including regular eye exams, is also important because not all glaucoma symptoms are apparent to the patient, but they can be detected by an experienced eye doctor. Dr. Richard Gordon can go over glaucoma symptoms that alert us our Hudson Valley, NY, patients may benefit from diagnosis and treatment.
High Eye Pressure
The most common symptom of glaucoma is increased eye pressure. Glaucoma causes fluids to build up in the eye. At the same time, the eye’s ability to regulate eye pressure is also likely to be compromised. These two things combined result in increased pressure against the optic nerves. Early on, this symptom is not likely to be noticeable to the patient, which is why regular eye exams are so important. During a comprehensive eye exam, Dr. Gordon can test a patient’s ocular pressure by blasting the eye with air. If ocular pressure is irregularly high, he may recommend starting glaucoma treatment.
As ocular pressure continues to increase, the optic nerves can become damaged and the vision may be affected. Many patients with glaucoma complain that their vision becomes blurry and unfocused. Glaucoma is especially likely to affect a patient’s peripheral vision, or that at the outer edges of the field of vision. Any changes in vision should be reported to Dr. Gordon as soon as possible so that an eye exam can be scheduled.
Glares and Halos
Another common symptom of glaucoma is the appearance of glares and halos. People may notice these bursts or streaks when they are looking at sources of light. While glares and halos can become a problem around any source of light, they are likely to be more prominent at night, when there is a stark difference between light sources and their surroundings. Because of this, night driving often becomes difficult for those experiencing this symptom of glaucoma.
A Change in the Appearance of the Eyes
Though this symptom is not as common, the eyes sometimes take on a different appearance when a person is suffering from glaucoma. The eyes may look hazy or cloudy, like a film has built up on the surface. This symptom is most often noted in children suffering from glaucoma. It is also possible for the eyes to look red or bloodshot. If redness is not related to rubbing the eyes or other irritants, an eye exam should be scheduled to rule out complications such as glaucoma.
Eye Pain or Headaches
Sharp eye pain and sudden headaches may be a symptom of acute angle-closure glaucoma. When symptoms are sudden and severe, and especially if they are accompanied by nausea or vomiting, the patient should consider heading to the emergency room. Although these episodes typically last just a few hours, they can cause long-term damage to the eyes and deteriorate the vision.
If you are experiencing any of the possible symptoms of glaucoma, it is important to schedule a comprehensive eye exam with an experienced doctor such as Richard Gordon as soon as possible. Contact us at your earliest convenience to learn more about diagnosing and treating glaucoma. We look forward to hearing from you!