One nickname for glaucoma is the “silent thief of sight.” That’s because it doesn’t cause symptoms in its early stages. By the time you notice any changes to your vision, it’s too late — the damage is permanent and irreversible.
The best way to detect glaucoma is through regular eye exams with Dr. Noll. She tests the pressure in your eyes and examines your optic nerve for signs of damage. Though “irregular eye pressure” might sound like something you’d notice, there’s no way to tell if you have it.
Glaucoma develops slowly, and it becomes more serious as the pressure on your optic nerve increases. It first affects your peripheral vision, and you may be able to adjust to the vision loss at first. However, it can eventually cause partial or complete blindness.
Though glaucoma isn’t curable, and you can’t reverse the vision loss, you can slow the progression of the disease with treatment. The best outcomes result when you get treatment early, while you still have the most vision to preserve.