What Exactly Is Glaucoma?

Your optic nerve is vital for good vision. When the optic nerve is damaged, it can result in blindness. This often occurs due to a group of conditions called glaucoma.

During National Glaucoma Awareness Month this January, our team at AFC Urgent Care Centennial wants you to know the symptoms of glaucoma, as well as how to know if you are at an increased risk for the eye condition.

How Does Glaucoma Affect Your Eye Health?

According to the National Eye Institute, around 4.2 million people will be diagnosed with some type of glaucoma by the time 2030 arrives.

When glaucoma arises, it means that damage to your optic nerve has begun to take place. This damage is typically caused by abnormally high levels of pressure in the eye. Since your optic nerve plays a crucial role in your vision, it is important to recognize glaucoma symptoms as soon as possible.

Glaucoma Symptoms

  • IOP
  • Blurred vision
  • Halos around lights
  • Severe eye pain
  • Headache
  • Abdominal pain
  • Nausea
  • Vomiting

Can Glaucoma Be Reversed?

Unfortunately, once glaucoma is detected, it cannot ever be fully cured. However, it is still best to catch symptoms of glaucoma as early as possible, as there are ways to slow down the progression of this eye disease.

Regular eye exams play a huge role in detecting glaucoma and mitigating the condition at the earliest stage possible. If it has been over a year since you underwent an eye exam, it might be a perfect time to have your eyes checked to ensure there are no vision problems going on, especially if you have any risk factor for glaucoma. Remember, early detection is key!

Glaucoma Risk Factors

  • Over age 60
  • African American
  • High myopia
  • Diabetes
  • Eye surgery or injury
  • High blood pressure
  • Use of corticosteroids

Are you experiencing vision problems or do you have an eye injury? Be sure to visit AFC Urgent Care Centennial today. No appointment is necessary!


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