What Are The Symptoms Of Glaucoma, And When Should I See A Doctor If I Think I Have Glaucoma?

Question: What are the symptoms of glaucoma, and when should I see a doctor if I think I have glaucoma?

Answer: Unfortunately, glaucoma is often called the silent thief of sight, and the reason why it's called that is because glaucoma generally doesn't cause pain or physical symptoms. The symptoms of glaucoma are visual in that you can have decreased vision, which unfortunately doesn't tend to show up until the very late stages of disease. If you think you have glaucoma, if you have any of the risk factors: African descent, Latino descent, in particular a family history of glaucoma, high blood pressure, diabetes, high myopia or nearsightedness -- these are risk factors for glaucoma.

If you have any of them or are suspicious you should go to an eye doctor, an ophthalmologist, to get checked.