Glaucoma is sometimes called the “silent thief of sight” because it causes no symptoms in the early stages. By the time symptoms of glaucoma appear, the condition has already progressed to an advanced stage. In today’s post, your trusted eyeglasses store and eye care clinic, EyeSite of The Villages, explains how to find out if you have glaucoma.


Open-Angle Glaucoma

Open-angle glaucoma occurs when your eye fluids keep building up even if there’s not an obstruction, resulting in increased eye pressure and optic nerve compression. This type of glaucoma usually develops gradually without any noticeable changes in your vision at first. 

Your eye doctor explains that as the condition progresses, you may experience restricted peripheral vision, or “tunnel vision.” This symptom commonly emerges when glaucoma is in an advanced stage.

Acute Angle-Closure Glaucoma

In angle-closure glaucoma, structural infirmities may cause the angle to narrow, preventing efficient eye fluid draining. This may lead to an abrupt rise in your intraocular pressure, which increases your risk of developing optic nerve damage. You may experience hazy or blurry vision, as well as rainbow-colored halos around bright lights. You may also have severe head and eye pain, accompanied by nausea or vomiting. In more severe cases, you may have a sudden onset of blindness.

Glaucoma damage is irreversible in most cases. This is why early detection and good preventive eye care are very important. One of the best ways to ensure early detection is to have a comprehensive eye exam regularly. We have the knowledge, skills and equipment to quickly identify any signs of this condition, making prompt intervention possible.

The sooner we manage this problem, the greater chances we have of saving your eyesight. Call us today at (352) 504-4560 to request an appointment. We serve Oxford and nearby FL areas.