Glaucoma is an eye condition that causes vision loss due to damage to the optic nerve. It is among the most common causes of blindness in the U.S. There are two primary types of glaucoma: primary open-angle and angle-closure. A person with open-angle glaucoma may not realize it until a great deal of damage has already occurred, as the symptoms may not be noticeable at first. When symptoms occur, the sufferer will experience a loss of peripheral vision and later, tunnel vision.
Angle-closure glaucoma typically has a wider array of symptoms, which may include eye pain, nausea, and vomiting. Seeing halos around light sources and blurred vision are also common. Other symptoms include eye reddening and abrupt visual disturbances.
Have your ophthalmologist examine your eyes regularly for signs of glaucoma. Prompt treatment is critical for the best results. Call the NYC practice of Dr. Mark Hornfeld at (646) 502-4142 to learn about glaucoma management techniques.