Our senses are very important to us because it helps us to function normally and interact with the environment more efficiently. Our sense of sight is one of our most important senses and helps do almost all the things that we do in our everyday lives. Being able to see allows us to do so many things that it will be a great setback if for some reason our eyesight begins to fail.
One of the more common eye diseases that can effect our eyesight is glaucoma. This is a type of eye disease that is common among those who suffer from diabetes, have vision problems (being farsighted or nearsighted) or those where the disease runs in the family (because glaucoma is also a hereditary disease). At present there is no cure for glaucoma but it can be prevented if it is detected early enough. Below are some of the signs that could indicate the onset of glaucoma.
Be observant and look at any changes that happens to your vision. One of the most common symptoms that could trigger the onset of glaucoma is the appearance of blind spots. These usually happen in the peripheral vision. You’ll be able to see clearly looking straight ahead but you’ll notice that there are areas where you can’t see if you look at your peripheral vision. This symptom is usually associated with the most common type of glaucoma, called the open-angle glaucoma. When this type of glaucoma first appears, it is only the peripheral vision that is affected. But once it progresses, the effects cannot be reversed and can even lead to a complete loss of vision.
A simple headache could mean the onset of glaucoma. This kind of headache could usually be partnered by other types of pain, among which include severe eye pain or even nausea. There are some patients who even vomit, get blurred vision or see colored rings. These symptoms are associated with acute closed-angle glaucoma.
Even though glaucoma is an eye disease, it can still be diagnosed by just looking at the blood. Those who have low blood pressure could already be developing glaucoma. This type of symptom is very common among women compared to men.
Glaucoma is not solely a grown-up disease. Even children can suffer from glaucoma. Be vigilant with your children and watch out for these symptoms: Sensitivity to brightness, watery eyes, eyes that do not look the same size. If you notice these symptoms bring your child to a doctor.