Symptoms of Glaucoma: What Are They?
To answer the question of what are the symptoms of glaucoma, it needs to be first known which type of glaucoma to know the glaucoma symptoms. This will cover the primary types and symptoms.
Low Pressure Glaucoma or Low-tension glaucoma (LTG) also called Normal-tension glaucoma (less common).
Closed-angle Glaucoma or Acute Glaucoma, also known as Acute Angle-closure Glaucoma.
Until recent years there has not been a consensus on the exact definition of acute angle closure glaucoma.
Acute angle closure is diagnosed when there are at least 2 of the following symptoms:
The symptoms of acute angel glaucoma involve the fluid of the aqueous humor. The aqueous humor is created by the ciliary bodies within the eye. This fluid can no longer pass through the network of tissue between the iris and cornea called the drainage angle. Thus it is called acute (def: sudden and severe onset) angle (the tissues called the drainage angle) glaucoma.
When the fluid cannot flow away, the pressure builds, affecting both the retina and the optic nerve.
The onset involves short duration episodes. These are the warning signs. Failure to heed these signs and give attention to the eyes can result in permanent damage later on.
These initial symptoms can happen weeks or even months before fully developed acute glaucoma occurs.
Initial onset symptoms include:
The blurry vision will last as long as the blockage continues.
The haziness in the cornea is the result of the aqueous humor being forced into the eye.
Full onset symptoms include:
The same as above but more severe and the symptoms are continuous.
If you are farsighted, over 40 and have 2 or more relatives who have or had glaucoma, you should be aware of the symptoms.
Open angle or chronic glaucoma or chronic glaucoma develops over a longer period of time, usually over years.
The blockage develops slowly and so does the build up of aqueous humor and the resulting pressure.
The pressure in tern will begin to affect the nerve fibers and the blood supply to both the optic nerve and retina.
Because of how long the onset for this takes, it is often only detected by eye examination. This is why it is essential that we encourage our families to get regular check ups at the eye doctor. You may be thinking that you are paying to find out that nothing is wrong.
Nothing could be further from the truth. It is like insurance. You will never need it until you do not have it. Your visit to the eye doctor is like insurance. The difference is that your eyes are not replaceable.
The symptoms are not usually noticed because of the slow progression of the disease.
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