Most people with open-angle glaucoma don’t have symptoms. If symptoms do develop, it’s usually late in the disease. That’s why glaucoma is often called the “sneak thief of vision.” The main sign is usually a loss of side, or peripheral, vision.
What are the symptoms of glaucoma?
- Patchy blind spots in your side (peripheral) vision
- Tunnel vision in the advanced stages
- Seeing halos (rainbow-coloured) rings around lights
- Sudden vision loss
- Blurry or foggy vision
- Redness in your eye
- Eye looks hazy (particularly in infants)
- Severe throbbing eye pain
- Severe headache (on the same side as the affected eye)
Congenital Glaucoma in Infants
This usually shows up in newborns or during your baby’s first few years. Symptoms include:
- Tearing, sensitivity to light, and eyelid spasms
- A larger cornea and clouding of the normally transparent cornea
- Habitual rubbing of the eyes, squinting or keeping the eyes closed much of the time
You can prevent damage from glaucoma, but you can’t get vision back once it’s gone. That is why it’s so important to get regular exams with an eye doctor, particularly if there is a family history of glaucoma.
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