Other forms of glaucoma that are less common include severe infection, trauma or injury, inflammatory conditions, other types of eye surgery, or a blocked blood vessel.
Most people have no symptoms and no early warning signs. If open angle glaucoma is not diagnosed and treated, it can cause a gradual loss of vision. This type of glaucoma develops slowly and sometimes without visible sight loss for many years. It usually responds well to medication, especially if caught early and treated.
People with glaucoma rarely experience symptoms, but each day, their vision becomes less and less clear. For this reason, routine eye examinations are more important than ever to help identify symptoms of glaucoma. Your eye doctor can detect elevated pressure within the eye, which can cause damage to the optic nerve that carries images to the brain. Left untreated, glaucoma can cause blindness.
While anyone can develop glaucoma, a higher risk is associated due to family medical history, individuals over 40 years of age, diabetics, individuals of African or Mediterranean descent, as well as those who have experienced an eye injury or trauma.
Dr. Leahy may become suspicious of glaucoma during this exam and order special tests to help in making the diagnosis of glaucoma. From there, the best treatment option will be decided.