We all played that game when we were little: would you rather lose your eyesight or your hearing? Many of our friends argued that they would rather have the ability to listen to music while others argued they would rather watch the music be played. However, when it comes down to the reality of losing any one of your senses, the thought can be beyond frightening. As one of the most common causes of vision loss, glaucoma is an eye condition that causes increased pressure on the eye and results in the gradual loss of eyesight over time. If you are concerned that either you or a loved one is suffering from glaucoma, here are three signs to watch out for.
1. Blurred Vision
As a general rule of thumb, if you experience blurred vision, it’s important to schedule an eye exam right away. Even if your doctor just concludes that you need a higher strength of prescription for your glasses or contacts, it’s better to be safe than sorry. One of the first signs of glaucoma is blurred vision, and if detected early enough along, your eye doctor can help get you the treatment you need in order to prevent the further spread of this disease.
2. Rainbow-colored Circles Around Bright Lights
If you start to notice that you see rainbow colored circles every time you are under bright lights, then you should schedule an appointment to see your eye doctor right away. These rainbow colored circles are a sign that your vision is slowly decreasing and that your eyes aren’t allowing enough light in. During an eye exam, your eye doctor will be able to check to see if glaucoma is in fact causing you to see these circles.
3. Eye Pain
Everyone has experienced at least some amount of eye pain in their life. Whether you are receiving a small amount of eye pain due to an allergic reaction or simply because your eyes are too exhausted, it’s important to keep a close eye on this problem. If your eyes continue to feel painful and uncomfortable for longer than a week, it’s time to schedule an appointment with your eye doctor. As one of the largest symptoms of glaucoma, eye pain is indicative of a larger issue that just sleepy eyes. During an eye exam, your eye doctor will be able to see if glaucoma is the trigger causing you to feel pain and discomfort.
The thought of glaucoma is scary for everyone. Especially because once you go blind due to glaucoma, there is virtually no turning back. In order to protect yourself against this eye disease, schedule an eye appointment with your doctor at least once a year.
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