Symptoms of Glaucoma
Symptoms of Glaucoma: Introduction
Symptoms of glaucoma vary depending on the specific type of glaucoma: chronic open-angle glaucoma or acute closed-angle glaucoma.
There are generally no symptoms in the earliest phases of the development of chronic open-angle glaucoma, the most common form of glaucoma. As pressure builds up inside the eye (Increased intraocular pressure), it gradually damages the optic nerve. If not diagnosed and treated promptly, this can lead the development of blind spots, especially in the peripheral areas (side) of vision. If left untreated, these spots gradually become bigger until blindness occurs.
Acute closed-angle glaucoma is the result of sudden and severe increased intraocular pressure due to a blockage of fluid drainage by the iris, the colored part of the eye. Symptoms of acute closed-angle glaucoma occur suddenly and can rapidly lead to blindness if not treated emergently. Symptoms include blurred vision, severe eye pain, eye redness, severe headache, seeing halos or rainbows around lights, nausea and vomiting.
Acute closed-angle glaucoma is less common than chronic open-angle glaucoma and is a medical emergency....more about Glaucoma »
Symptoms of Glaucoma
The list of signs and symptoms mentioned in various sources
for Glaucoma includes the 33
symptoms listed below:
- Symptoms of chronic glaucoma (including open-angle glaucoma):
- Symptoms of acute glaucoma (including closed-angle glaucoma):
- Tunnel vision in advanced cases
- Vision loss in advanced cases
- Patients are usually asymptomatic.
- Subtle loss of contrast
- Difficulty driving at night
- Loss of peripheral vision
- Loss of central vision in terminal cases
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Article Excerpts About Symptoms of Glaucoma:
Genes and Disease by the National Center for Biotechnology (Excerpt)
Glaucoma has no symptoms at first but over the years can steal its victims' sight, with side vision being affected first.
(Source: Genes and Disease by the National Center for Biotechnology)
Are You at Risk for Glaucoma: NEI (Excerpt)
At first, there are no symptoms. Vision stays normal, and there
is no pain.
However, as the disease progresses, a person with glaucoma may
notice his or her side vision gradually failing. That is, objects in
front may still be seen clearly, but objects to the side may be
missed. As the disease worsens, the field of vision narrows and
blindness results. (Source: excerpt from Are You at Risk for Glaucoma: NEI)
Facts About Glaucoma: NEI (Excerpt)
At first, open-angle glaucoma has no symptoms. Vision stays
normal, and there is no pain. As glaucoma remains untreated, people
may notice that although they see things clearly in front of them,
they miss objects to the side and out of the corner of their
Without treatment, people with glaucoma may find that they
suddenly have no side vision. It may seem as though they are looking
through a tunnel. Over time, the remaining forward vision may
decrease until there is no vision left. (Source: excerpt from Facts About Glaucoma: NEI)
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The symptom information on this page
attempts to provide a list of some possible signs and symptoms of Glaucoma.
This signs and symptoms information for Glaucoma has been gathered from various sources,
may not be fully accurate,
and may not be the full list of Glaucoma signs or Glaucoma symptoms.
Furthermore, signs and symptoms of Glaucoma may vary on an individual basis for each patient.
Only your doctor can provide adequate diagnosis of any signs or symptoms and whether they
are indeed Glaucoma symptoms.