Glaucoma is a disease that affects the optic nerve in your eyes resulting in vision loss. There are many different forms of glaucoma but the most common of them all are primary open angle and angle closure glaucoma.
Open Angle Glaucoma can sneak up on you because it has no symptoms until you notice a significant loss of vision. It develops very slowly and can take years before vision loss is noticeable.
Acute Angle Closure Glaucoma symptoms on the other hand include rainbow colored circles around bright lights, severe eye and head pain accompanied by nausea, hazy/blurred vision or sudden sight loss. These symptoms are very noticeable. Damage to the eye can occur rapidly and it is suggested you seek immediate attention from an eye doctor.
If glaucoma has been detected during a routine eye exam, an eye doctor can prescribe preventative medication which can help protect your eyes. Any damage from undetected glaucoma is irreversible even with surgery.
Yearly comprehensive eye exams are recommended to maintain lifelong healthy vision. Be sure to schedule your next eye exam by searching for a doctor above.