Glaucoma Symptoms

According to the American Academy of Ophthalmology(AAO), only half of people with glaucoma are aware they have the condition. But what are the symptoms of glaucoma and how do they affect you? Read below to learn more.

Open-angle and angle-closure glaucomas have very different symptoms.

Open-Angle Glaucoma Symptoms

  • Gradual loss of peripheral vision in one or both eyes
  • No awareness of early vision loss
  • Tunnel vision or loss of central vision in advanced stages
  • No pain

Angle-Closure Glaucoma Symptoms

  • Severe eye pain and/or headache, severe enough to wake from sleep
  • Nausea or vomiting associated with the severe eye pain
  • Sudden onset visual disturbance, such as blurry vision, halos around lights, and “steamy vision”
  • Red eye and tearing

The insidious nature of open-angle glaucoma, and the anatomic characteristics of angle-closure glaucoma, make early detection of the former and prevention of the latter prime reasons for regular eye exams. Blurry vision and glasses shouldn’t be the only thing prompting a visit to the ophthalmologist.


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