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  • Go get your eyes tested for Glaucoma: Save Your Sight!

    Regular eye (and optic nerve) checks detects glaucoma earlier, thus contributing to sight preservation.

    The only way to know if you have Glaucoma is to have your eyes checked, Join us in letting people know how important it is to get their eyes checked.

    Visit our Ophthalmology clinic this week to get your eyes checked for Glaucoma and save your sight for the future.

    GLAUCOMA: Know The Signs And Symptoms

    Glaucoma is a serious condition where fluid in the eye begins to build up, which causes pressure to build on the optic nerve. The optic nerve connects the eye to your brain and it is responsible for carrying messages from the back of the eye to the brain.

    Angle-closure and open-angle are the two main forms of glaucoma. Open-angle is more common and with this type, vision loss tends to happen slowly so many people don’t realize there is a problem.

    Angle-closure is rarer and it causes the pressure on the eye to increase very quickly. It often causes severe eye pain and blurry vision.

    4 Signs You May Have Glaucoma

    Glaucoma is the leading cause of blindness in the world but it is possible to catch and treat glaucoma. Here are four signs you may have glaucoma:

    • Sensitivity to light

    Glaucoma can cause your eyes to become extremely sensitive to light. If you suddenly find bright lights painful to look at or you notice halos forming around light sources, you should check in with your doctor.

    • You begin to lose your peripheral vision

    One of the signs of glaucoma is that you start to notice you are losing your peripheral vision or suddenly experience “blind spots.” Suddenly, you can’t see things that you used to be able to see before.

    • Pain or severe headaches

    Angle-closure glaucoma produces very noticeable symptoms such as eye pain, nausea, and severe headaches. Of course, headaches happen all of the time but if you experience all of these symptoms for no reason, it could be a sign of glaucoma.

    • A sudden loss of vision

    Often, glaucoma will cause your vision to change gradually, which can be very hard to detect. But if you start to notice any changes in your vision, you should schedule an appointment with your doctor.

    Conclusion

    The truth is, you may have glaucoma and not recognize any noticeable symptoms. And unfortunately, any vision lost to glaucoma can never be regained. There is no cure for glaucoma but there are treatments available.

    It’s important to stay on top of your yearly vision exams so your doctor can check for signs of glaucoma and other common eye conditions. If you are overdue for your yearly exam, schedule an appointment with our of our doctors today.

    Credit: Washington Eye Physicians and Surgeons

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