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Glaucoma

Glaucoma encompasses various eye disorders characterized by abnormally increased pressure in the eyes. If left untreated, glaucoma can cause irreparable damage to the optic nerve, which severely compr
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Common warning signs include:

The symptoms of glaucoma can vary depending on the severity and specific form of the disease. In open-angle glaucoma, there is a gradual increase in the production of the fluids found inside the eye. This change occurs very slowly, and therefore, symptoms may not always appear. When severe, patients may complain of having blind spots in their field of vision, often in patches; or tunnel vision. On the other hand, closed-angle glaucoma is caused by obstruction of the duct in the eye that drains ocular fluids, and commonly appears suddenly. This leads to acute and severe pain in the eye and head, along with eye redness, blurred vision, nausea and vomiting.

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