Welcome back to our blog! At Round Rock Eye Consultants, our award winning eye doctor, Joseph Meyer, MD is your best path to optimal vision health. In our last post we reviewed symptoms you may experience if you have cataracts. In today's post, however, we are going to go over another serious eye disease that should be taken very seriously. Glaucoma is an eye disease that can cause permanent damage to the optic nerve and more prevalent, vision impairment. Unfortunately, once the eye disease has reached this level, there is no way to reverse the permanent damage.
Glaucoma is categorized into two groups; Open angle or close angle. There are symptoms to be aware of if you think you may be suffering this eye disease.
Where pain is generalized in the eye area, there should always be some cause of concern. When you suffer from pain in an eye that is affected by glaucoma, you may be suffering from closed angle. The eye will begin to bring on a soreness and ache that may be sudden. The ache from the eye can be so severe that you may not be able to continue with your daily routine. Most times when your eye is in pain, it feels as if it is originating from behind the eye. In glaucoma, the pain is actually directed at the surface of the eye. One thing you may notice yourself doing when you feel the pain is responding by rubbing your eye or possibly closing the eye in an attempt to experience relief. Unfortunately, this will not bring relief but could, in fact further the pain and irritation in the eyes.
When someone is suffering with glaucoma, he or she may tend to have extremely red or other discoloration in the white part of the eye. If you suffer from acute glaucoma, the disease is typically be localized in only one of the eyes. If you have chronic glaucoma, you may be suffering in both eyes, and they both will become extremely red. The way to distinguish glaucoma from another type of eye irritation, not only will the whites be red, but so will the rim of the eyelid. The eyelid can even become swollen and crusted. If you notice your eyes are red and you are concerned that it may be glaucoma, come see our eye doctor in Round Rock today.
Suffering from either type of glaucoma may bring on cases of unclear or misty vision. A haze may appear that inhibits proper, efficient vision. This may be a sudden onset, and rubbing the eye or rinsing it in a solution will not help the haze dissipate. This symptom can last from a just a few minutes or possibly a few hours, making any task quite difficult, especially driving. One you have you the first onset of foggy vision it may start to become more frequent and can last for longer periods of time. This is due to how fast the disease may be progressing. If you are experiencing this kind of haze with your vision, please visit our eye doctor immediately.
Of course, if you are experiencing any of the symptoms with your eyes, please call our eye clinic in Round Rock today. Our award winning ophthalmologist and caring office staff is always professional and compassionate. We want your vision and your eyes to remain healthy for your lifetime. Our award winning eye doctor is here for all your eye care needs.