Glaucoma is a disease of the eye that can result to vision loss. Since it is a condition that affects one’s sight, proper eye care and prevention must be maintained. This can be done once we are aware of the condition’s specific signs and symptoms.
Glaucoma comes in several forms, yet the most common ones are open-angle glaucoma and angle-closure glaucoma. Both have different characteristics and pose different signs and symptoms.
Typically, this type of glaucoma has no early symptoms or warning signs, which is why this condition is called the “silent thief of sight”. It slowly develops for many years without any noticeable sight loss. Many people with this kind of condition often feel fine and do not notice any vision concerns. A noticeable loss of vision on the peripheral is usually noticed only after the disease has progressed. The unfortunate thing about vision loss from glaucoma is that it is not reversible even with surgery.
Angle-closure glaucoma has several signs and symptoms, including:
- Sudden loss of sight
- Hazy or blurry vision
- Rainbow-colored circles, or halos, around bright lights
- Severe head or eye pain
- Feelings of nausea or vomiting accompanied with eye pain
It is important to have your eyes regularly checked, especially to counter the risk for open-angle glaucoma. For more information about glaucoma and other eye diseases, contact us today at 701-235-5200 to have a consultation booked with Dr. Thom. We look forward to hearing from you!