Common Symptoms of Glaucoma
Glaucoma is a condition that damages the eye’s optic nerve as a result of abnormally high eye pressure. Glaucoma develops when the eye’s drainage channels become clogged and are unable to drain fluids properly. The fluid build-up increases eye pressure, and when eye pressure gets too high, irreversible damage to the optic nerve can occur. One of the main causes of blindness for people over age 60, glaucoma progresses painlessly. In fact, many forms of glaucoma have no warning signs or obvious symptoms in the early stages. For instance, people with open-angle glaucoma may develop blind spots in their peripheral vision, but most do not notice any vision change until the damage is quite severe.
Changes in vision due to glaucoma may include:
- Blurred vision
- Intense eye pain
- Glare around lights
- Nausea and vomiting
- Light sensitivity
Glaucoma Treatment at a Family-Owned Clinic
It’s critical to schedule an eye exam if you’ve experienced any of these glaucoma symptoms. At St. Michael’s Eye & Laser Institute in Largo, our extensively trained and experienced ophthalmologists provide comprehensive eye exams and effective treatment for glaucoma that can include surgery. Our eye surgeons are experts in laser treatment for glaucoma. We are known for friendly consultations, and our staff will treat you with warmth and respect from your first consultation to the moment you leave our facility with a new focus on life. If you’re a Tampa Bay area resident over age 40 with a family history of glaucoma, contact St. Michael’s today to schedule an appointment for a comprehensive eye exam.