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Glaucoma Symptoms

Glaucoma is known as a silent disease. In its early stages, glaucoma has no symptoms. If the disease goes untreated and progresses, blind spots develop in your peripheral (side) vision. Symptoms of advanced glaucoma may include severe eye or brow pain, redness of the eye, decreased or blurred vision, seeing colored rainbows or halos, headache, nausea, or vomiting. Blind spots in the side vision may not be noticeable until the optic nerve has become severely damaged — or until detected by an ophthalmologist during a complete exam.

Glaucoma Risk Factors

Glaucoma can affect anyone from newborn infants to the elderly. People who are at a greater risk for glaucoma usually have the following conditions:

• Age
• Family history of glaucoma
• African or Hispanic ancestry
• Farsightedness or nearsightedness
• Elevated eye pressure
• Past eye injury
• Having a thinner central cornea (the clear, front part of the eye covering the pupil and colored iris)
• Not having eye examinations when they are recommended
• Low blood pressure
• Conditions that affect blood flow, such as migraines, diabetes and low blood pressure

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