Font Size

Glaucoma Overview (cont.)

When to Seek Medical Care for Glaucoma

Call your doctor right away if you have severe eye pain or a sudden loss of vision, especially loss of peripheral or side vision.

Many of the medications used to treat glaucoma may have side effects, which may include stinging or redness of the eyes; blurred vision; headache; or changes in heartbeat, pulse, or breathing. Most side effects are not serious and go away without difficulty. Not everyone will experience side effects from glaucoma medications, but notify your doctor if you experience any of them.

With angle-closure glaucoma, a rapid buildup of IOP may lead to blurred vision, severe eye pain, headache, abdominal pain, or nausea and vomiting. While angle-closure glaucoma is rare, it is a serious form of the disease and, unless treated quickly, can result in blindness. If you have these symptoms, you should seek medical attention immediately for evaluation and treatment in order to prevent permanent vision loss.

Last Reviewed 11/17/2017
Medical Author:
Medical Editor:
Medical Editor:
Medical Editor:

Must Read Articles Related to Glaucoma Overview

Angle Recession Glaucoma
Angle Recession Glaucoma Angle recession glaucoma refers to a group of ocular disorders that occur after the eye undergoes learn more >>
Lens-Particle Glaucoma
Lens-Particle Glaucoma Lens-particle glaucoma is a form of glaucoma that occurs due to leakage of material from the inside of the lens of the eye. It may be caused be trauma, surgery,...learn more >>

Patient Comments & Reviews

The eMedicineHealth doctors ask about Glaucoma:

Glaucoma - Patient Experience

Do you have glaucoma? Tell us about your experience with glaucoma.

Read What Your Physician is Reading on Medscape

Glaucoma, Primary Open Angle »

The definition of glaucoma has changed drastically since its introduction around the time of Hippocrates (approximately 400 BC).

Read More on Medscape Reference »

Medical Dictionary