Signs of Glaucoma to Know During National Glaucoma Awareness Month

In January, it’s customary to make New Year’s resolutions to lose weight or start exercising. While these are certainly excellent health goals, vision health is often overlooked. About three million Americans are estimated to be living with glaucoma. During Glaucoma Awareness Month this January, the healthcare providers of JFK Medical Center encourage our neighbors to become informed of the signs of glaucoma.

Open-Angle Glaucoma

There are different types of glaucoma. The signs and symptoms a person may develop can depend on the specific type he or she has. Open-angle glaucoma is the most common form. It typically develops quite slowly and usually does not have early symptoms. As changes do develop, patients are likely to notice a loss of peripheral vision. Peripheral vision is the ability to see objects that are off to the side of the person. Patients can also develop tunnel vision; they may see halos or rainbows around light sources; and eventually, patients can develop blindness.

Angle-Closure Glaucoma

Angle-closure glaucoma occurs as a result of blocked drainage of the eye, which causes the rapid rise in pressure within the eye. This type of glaucoma develops abruptly and requires emergency care. Patients with this type of glaucoma will typically experience the sudden loss of vision, hazy or blurry vision and nausea or vomiting. Severe head pain and eye pain can also be indicative of angle-closure glaucoma, along with the appearance of rainbows around light sources.

Normal-Tension Glaucoma

Normal-tension glaucoma involves damage to the optic nerve despite normal intraocular pressure levels. It is not typical for patients with this type of glaucoma to experience any symptoms until the damage to the optic nerve is already quite severe. At this point, patients will notice visual impairments.

JFK Medical Center is a leading provider of high-quality healthcare services in Atlantis, including neurology, cardiac, orthopedics, breast care and emergency care. Our team encourages our patients to take proactive steps toward protecting their wellness, including scheduling an annual exam with an ophthalmologist. For general information about our services, call our Consult-A-Nurse line at (561) 965-7300.

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