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Glaucoma is a term that encompasses a host of diseases that damage the optic nerve in the eye and affect your vision. Often, the disease is painless and does not present with obvious symptoms until vision loss has already started. The pressure inside the eye is usually elevated in glaucoma, although it is not always high. There are 2 main types of glaucoma: open-angle and closed-angle.

Open-angle glaucoma often can only be detected by a thorough eye examination. Closed-angle glaucoma is usually more noticeable.

Glaucoma illustration

Symptoms of open-angle glaucoma may include:

  • Blurry or hazy vision
  • Decreased peripheral vision
  • Difficulty seeing while driving

Symptoms of closed-angle glaucoma may include:

  • Eye pain or redness
  • Blurred vision
  • Headaches, nausea

Closed-angle glaucoma may present intermittently. Both types of glaucoma can permanently damage your vision, so it is important to detect and treat them as early as possible. Glaucoma can be hereditary as well. If you have or may have glaucoma, request an appointment for a detailed examination by our fellowship-trained glaucoma specialist Dr. Leo Wang.

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