Glaucoma Channel
Topics & Medications
Related Channels


Symptoms of Glaucoma

Glaucoma symptoms can develop in one or both eyes. The specific symptoms will depend on the type of glaucoma a person is experiencing.
Open Angle
For open angle glaucoma, a person usually shows no symptoms in the beginning. For this type, there is no pain, and vision stays normal.
However, as the condition progresses, a person with open angle glaucoma may notice the following symptoms:
  • Gradual failure of side vision (object in front may be clear, but objects to the side may be missed)
  • Narrowed vision
  • Blindness.
Angle Closure
Symptoms of acute angle closure glaucoma may seem the opposite of open angle glaucoma, erupting in a sudden, violent attack.
In angle closure glaucoma, the fluid at the front of the eye cannot reach the angle and leave the eye. The angle gets blocked by part of the iris. People with this type of glaucoma have a sudden increase in eye pressure.
Angle closure glaucoma symptoms include:
  • Severe pain
  • Nausea
  • Redness of the eye
  • Blurred vision.
If you have these possible symptoms of angle closure glaucoma, you need to seek treatment immediately. This is a medical emergency. If your doctor is unavailable, go to the nearest hospital or clinic.
(Click Glaucoma Symptoms for more information.)

Glaucoma Information

Terms of Use
Advertise with Us
Contact Us
About eMedTV
Privacy Policy
Copyright © 2006-2019 Clinaero, Inc.
eMedTV serves only as an informational resource. This site does not dispense medical advice or advice of any kind. Site users seeking medical advice about their specific situation should consult with their own physician. Click Terms of Use for more information.