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Posted on 09-13-2017

Common Symptoms of Glaucoma and How Your Plano Optometrist Can Help

Man with glaucoma eye condition

Glaucoma is a condition that can worsen quickly in those who have it. Many don't know they do, though. The best way for you to prevent it and to get early help is by visiting your optometrist for routine eye exams. At Lone Star Vision, we recommend yearly exams for glaucoma testing. Serving patients in Plano and Celina, our optometrist can help you protect your vision.

Symptoms to Look for in Glaucoma

Glaucoma symptoms will vary depending on the severity as well as the type of glaucoma a person has. For those who have open-angle glaucoma, the most common form, symptoms may include:

  • Blind spots in vision that seem to be patchy. This can occur in the peripheral (or side) or central vision.
  • Symptoms in both eyes.
  • Tunnel vision when the condition worsens.

For those who have an acute angle- glaucoma, the symptoms are a bit different. They typically include:

  • Headaches often severe headaches
  • Eye pain
  • Blurry vision
  • Redness
  • Halos around lights
  • Vomiting and nausea

If it is not treated, glaucoma will lead to blindness. This can occur quickly or over time. As soon as you notice any changes in your vision quality, it is essential to seek out care from your optometrist. Even with treatment, about 15 percent of patients with this condition will lose vision in at least one eye within 20 years.

How Your Optometrist Can Help

When you visit your optometrist at Lone Star Vision, we'll diagnose your condition and then create a treatment plan for it. Treatment will not reverse your vision loss, but it can help to minimize further damage. We can do this with specialized eye drops and oral medications that reduce pressure in the eyes. Some patients are candidates for surgery to reduce symptoms.

Schedule an Eye Exam at Your Optometry Office in Celina and Plano Today

Visit your optometry office in Celina and Plano today. Let the team at Lone Star Vision offer treatment for glaucoma today. Call 972-378-4104 for our Plano office or 972-382-2020 for Celina.

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