Although we don’t know everything about what causes glaucoma, we do know that if the eye pressure in the eyes is too high it can cause the optic nerve on the back of the eye to slowly stop working, eventually leading to vision loss and blindness.

A common misconception is that people think they would be able to tell if they have glaucoma, but in fact, someone with glaucoma usually does not know it until there is severe sight loss.

We know a lot about what increases the risk for someone to develop glaucoma, including having a history of family members with glaucoma. There are also many health conditions that glaucoma can be associated with that are easily overlooked.

In some forms of glaucoma with symptoms, these symptoms may include:

  • Eye pain
  • Seeing haloes around lights
  • Experiencing a headache, blurry vision and/or nauseousness
  • A fixed, mid-dilated pupil
  • Slowly losing peripheral vision
  • Suspecting difficulties with your peripheral vision in getting around and mobility

The best way to detect glaucoma is with a comprehensive eye exam.