Early Signs of Glaucoma

Glaucoma refers to a series of eye conditions that cause damage to the optic nerve due to increased intraocular pressure. Most people with glaucoma don't show early symptoms and can only be diagnosed by frequent eye examinations. If not treated, glaucoma can cause permanent vision loss. At Littlefield Optometry in Kansas City MO, our eye doctor will examine your eyes to diagnose glaucoma and other eye issues. Whether you need vision therapy or other solutions, we will determine the most suitable treatment option for you.

Early Signs of Glaucoma

Impaired Vision

Glaucoma starts as a symptoms-free condition, but with time, you might notice decreased peripheral vision or develop sudden blurred vision. Blurred vision can affect either one or both eyes and should be treated as a medical emergency that needs a check-up by an optometrist as soon as possible. Failure to do so might lead to vision loss.

Severe Eye Pain

In a glaucoma attack, the interocular pressure increases rapidly causing serious damage to the optic nerve, which is responsible for sending images to the brain. As a result, one may experience severe eye pain.

Eye Redness

Redness of the eyes is usually nothing to worry about and will clear up on its own. However, there are times where red eyes indicate an underlying condition that needs medical attention.  If your eyes are itchy, sore, burning, or watery, schedule an appointment with our optometrist.

Halos Around Lights

If you suddenly start seeing colored rings or bright circles around lights, that could be a sign of acute glaucoma. They are often noticed at night or in dimly lit rooms. Halos can be a normal response to bright lights, but if accompanied by severe pain, or blurred vision, it may indicate you are suffering from glaucoma.

Visit Littlefield Optometry in Kansas City MO for Glaucoma Diagnosis and Treatment

For more information on the early signs of glaucoma or to schedule an appointment with our optometrist, call us today at (816) 888-5400.

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