Glaucoma is noticeable vision loss that can lead to blindness. It refers to a group of eye disorders that damage the optic nerve that carries information from the eye to the brain. Glaucoma often progresses undetected until the optic nerve has already been damaged. This is a very important reason to get regular vision checkups.
Symptoms of glaucoma
There are several types of glaucoma that can affect your eye health.
Symptoms of this type rarely show beforehand, and once vision loss sets in, the damage to the optic nerves is already severe and irreversible. Early symptoms include gradual loss of peripheral vision, and can even lead to blindness.
This type displays with symptoms that come and go, though it can also steadily become worse. Common symptoms are cloudy vision with a decrease in overall vision, and rainbow-like halos around lights, making night-time driving very dangerous. Other symptoms can present as sudden, severe pain in one eye, nausea and vomiting, red-eye or an eye that feels swollen.
Vision problems in infants can be the result of congenital, or inherited glaucoma. At times this can be seen on the eye as cloudiness of the eyeball or enlargement of one, or both eyes. Infants can also display red or teary eyes (more than normal) and sensitivity and discomfort with light.
We are proud to offer retinal photography at our offices in Bexley and Lancaster, Ohio. With retinal photography, we can track the aging and changing process of your eyes, tracking over the years how your health is changing. Most importantly, we can often predict and/or catch glaucoma before it becomes a noticeable problem.
Drs. Matthew and Nadine Breslow are highly trained and experienced eye doctors who can help you care for your eye health. You can delay, or even avoid vision problems like glaucoma with proper treatment and nutrition from a trained optometrist.
Please read our page on Glaucoma Treatment for more information.
If you are concerned about glaucoma, or haven't had an eye exam in the past year, please make an appointment at our nearest office today. We take many types of insurance, which you can check here. Don't take your vision for granted. Like every other part of your body, your eyes require regular care and check-ups from an optometrist near you. Let your Columbus, Ohio-based eye doctor team of Matthew and Nadine Breslow keep you in good eye health!