Glaucoma Warning Signs: What You Need to Know

Did you know that glaucoma is also referred to as the silent thief of sight? It’s called that because glaucoma stealthily damages the eyes without the person noticing that there’s something wrong with his or her vision. Glaucoma has been around for ages but no one has pinpointed its exact cause.

Glaucoma primarily affects the optic nerve that relays images between the light-sensitive retinal cells and the brain. The exact cause of glaucoma is unknown but researchers and eye health experts agree that it has to do with increased compression and reduced blood flow to the optic nerve. Still, not all cases of glaucoma are a result of increased eye pressure.

Damage to the optic nerve due to increased eye pressure may not be noticeable during its early stages. However, the following warning signs should prompt you to get in touch with us at the Mountain View Medical Center right away:

  • Difficulties in adjusting vision when entering dark rooms
  • Trouble focusing on near and far objects
  • Double vision
  • Unusual sensitivity to glare or light resulting in frequent squinting and blinking
  • Sudden change in the color of your iris
  • Excessive tearing
  • Seeing spots or distorted lines in your vision
  • Dry eyes coupled with burning or itching
  • Seeing dark spots in central vision

Who is at risk?
Anyone can have glaucoma but the risks are higher if:

  • Glaucoma runs in the family
  • You have hypertension, diabetes, or sleep apnea
  • You are of African or Asian descent
  • You have a history of head injury
  • You are more than 60 years old

Let us help you figure out your risk for glaucoma! Call (907) 328-2920 to set up an appointment.

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