How Do I Know If I Have Glaucoma? Detecting The Early Signs

Posted by: Missouri Eye Institute in Blog on November 13, 2017

early signs of glaucoma

Glaucoma is a degenerative condition of the eye that causes damage to the optic nerve and may eventually result in blindness. According to the Glaucoma Research Foundation, up to 3 million Americans are estimated to suffer from glaucoma with only 1.5 million being aware of their condition. Fortunately, this potentially blinding disease is perfectly treatable — if it’s caught in time.

Glaucoma treatment is available via corrective eye surgery. However, early detection can help to reduce the risk of damage to one’s optic nerve. Below are some of the early signs of glaucoma to help reduce the risk of greater eye damage:

Know your risk
Up to 50% of those developing glaucoma are unaware of their condition because glaucoma doesn’t always come with symptoms. For this reason, it’s essential to understand your risk of developing the illness and to regularly see your eye surgeon, eye doctor, or primary care physician. Those who are at higher risk of open-angle glaucoma and other variations include those with diabetes, cardiovascular illnesses, children of parents who had glaucoma, and those of Latinx or African-American background.

Early detection is key to corrective eye surgery and preventing the more damaging stages of glaucoma. Talk to your eye doctor today to find out your vision correction options and your risk of developing, and treating, glaucoma.


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