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.
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 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 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
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.