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Glaucoma: 3 Signs You Should Visit an Eye Clinic for a Thorough Exam

 

Glaucoma is an optical condition wherein a person develops abnormally high pressure in the affected eye. It may not seem like much, but the increase in pressure can easily cause damage to the optic nerve, which may eventually lead to blindness. In fact, it is one of the leading causes of blindness among older adults in the UK. Glaucoma-caused vision loss is irreversible, even with the help of surgical intervention.

 

Fortunately, vision loss does not occur immediately upon onset of acute angle-closure glaucoma. This gives you more than enough time to have your eyes checked at a trusted eye clinic in London and the condition treated if present. Furthermore, acute angle-closure glaucoma has several early warning signs that are relatively simple to detect, provided that you know what to look for. With that in mind, be on the lookout for the following symptoms:

 

1. Hazy, Blurred Vision

 

Blurred vision is common among people who are sleep-deprived. However, prolonged hazy or blurred vision may be a cause for concern. The distortion often starts along a small corner of the eye and rapidly closes off various angles of your vision. If you have experienced prolong blurred vision, ask a friend or family member to accompany you to a Harley street eye clinic like Eye Clinic London.

 

2. Rainbow Halos When Looking at Bright Lights

 

As glaucoma closes off angles in your vision, light becomes irregularly scattered within the eye. This may lead to the formation of rainbow-colored halos or rings whenever you look at a source of bright light. These halos are dangerous as they interfere with your vision. This is especially true if you have to drive around at night since the halos can easily be triggered by street lights and the headlights of oncoming vehicles.

 

3. Nausea or Vomiting due to Eye Pain

 

You may begin to experience eye pain as acute angle-closure glaucoma progresses. Over time, the pain may become so intense that it induces nausea or even the urge to vomit. Eye pain caused by the development of acute angle-closure glaucoma is a dangerous sign that shows that the condition has entered an advanced stage. Immediate medical attention is advised.

 

Sources
Acute Angle-closure Glaucoma, patient.info
Glaucoma, nhs.uk