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29 January 2013 :: 12:01:53 pm 70993

Early Diagnosis Is Critical For Glaucoma

Chronic glaucoma is caused when an imbalance arises within the eyeballs between the amount of internal fluid produced and the amount that drains away. This creates higher pressure inside the eyes, which damages the optic nerve and results in the gradual loss of eyesight.
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Although glaucoma is thought to mainly result from internal causes, some people believe the environment also plays a factor. They predict a gradual increase of glaucoma patients may arise due to modern work environments. Sitting in front of computers all day is unhealthy and impairs circulation, which is not good for the body and the eyes.

For younger people playing computer games and using the Internet, it is difficult to diagnose if they have high intraocular pressure. Japan reportedly has patients who have intraocular pressure glaucoma, the most in the world.

The symptoms of glaucoma are important to help people become aware if they are developing the disease. They should see an ophthalmologist for a quick diagnosis. It is important to detect the disease early because glaucoma is treatable. But it is not possible to reverse damage that has already occurred.

What are the symptoms of glaucoma?

1. Blurry eyes or blurred vision, seeing overlapping pictures, or having blind spots in the eye temporarily.

2. Seeing a lot of white and black lights, or seeing shining lights when looking at a sunny outdoor area.

3. Having a deep eye pain, headache or unilateral migraine-like pain, or feeling a sharp pain in the head.

4. The eyes will blur when looking at objects on shiny surfaces.

5. Being unable to sustain reading or watching TV, or gazing at computer screens for long periods.

6. Seeing halos around radiant lights or illuminated fog, which looks like a rainbow circle around the light source.

7. Seeing a flash like lightning or a beam of light running through the eye, or seeing wavy blurry lines.

8. Having difficulty in depth perception at different levels or at stairs.

9. Seeing color fade or distortion, or seeing vague or diffused textures in things.

10. Having worsening ability to see things in the dark, or noticing people’s faces seem unclear, or being unable to drive at night.

11. When driving or walking inside a tunnel while the sun is strong, noticing that the eyes are blinded momentarily.

12. When looking through the windshield into the sun from the reverse direction, noticing the eyes have photophobia, or sensitivity to light.

13. Often walking into and hitting objects at night, and always having to turn on every light you have for better illumination.

14. Unable to track the movement of quickly-moving objects, making you feel uncertain about crossing streets alone.

15. Photophobia that requires you to wear dark glasses on a regular basis.

16. Seeing dimmer images, or seeing everything in a smoky haze in general.

17. Noticing the field of vision of your eyes getting narrower, which keeps worsening, until in the end it appears like looking through a tube.

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