What are glaucoma symptoms?

In vast majority of patients with any type of glaucoma there are no symptoms till the glaucoma becomes very advanced.

People with early to moderate primary open angle glaucoma may be completely unaware of the problem. There is no pain, redness or dimness of vision. Some people may be aware of bumping in to things or notice difficulties in vision in low light.

In advanced glaucoma particularly when central vision is affected patients notice dimness and darkness of vision. Glaucoma disability varies depending on whether one or both eyes are affected and the extent and location of visual field defects.

Sight loss in glaucoma is irreversible hence it is important that glaucoma is diagnosed early through regular eye tests.

In an acute attack of angle closure the eye becomes painful, red, vision is reduced, there may be halos around light and the pupil is dilated and fixed. It is often accompanied with headache, nausea and vomiting. Thankfully this is rare.

A chronic angle closure is more common and leads to gradual painless loss of vision.

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I was immediately put at ease by Mr. Goyal at my initial consultation. My diagnosis of early stage glaucoma was promptly followed up by relevant medication together with factual literature about the condition and how it is treated.
Mr. J C, London, 02/10/2015 2:07:40 PM
I have seen many different NHS consultants regarding my glaucoma over the years, and Mr Goyal exceeds all of them by his care, in depth knowledge and abilities. Mr M.J.H., Kent
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Mr Goyal was highly recommended by my optician. He explained everything about understanding glaucoma in a simple way and was always extremely kind and patient.
Mrs. M L, Kent, 12/02/2014 4:46:42 PM
I suffered from primary angle closure in both eyes and was treated by Mr. Goyal. He performed clear lens extraction/replacement in both of my eyes to help prevent the risk of glaucoma. Mr. Goyal is clearly an acknowledged expert in this field and in the many dealings that I have had with him, he has always impressed me. I found him to be very approachable and he was always happy to take the time necessary to explain to me, with the appropriate level of detail, the options that were available to me and the risks that were associated with each. I was naturally concerned about the operations but I was always reassured by Mr. Goyal’s knowledge, experience, approach and attention. Mr. Goyal made himself available to me via email and telephone before and after the operations, responding to any concerns or questions I had – this provided me with a great deal of comfort. The actual operations were executed perfectly by Mr. Goyal, during which he kept me informed throughout telling me what he was doing or what he was about to do. As an added bonus, with the aid of a special lens manufactured to my personal prescription, Mr. Goyal has also been able to counteract the effects of the severe astigmatism that previously affected one of my eyes. I have had no problems since the operations and I am very happy with the outcome. I would have absolutely no hesitation in recommending Mr. Goyal to any of my friends and family. Thank you Mr. Goyal for my “new eyes”.
Mr. MM (Rochester, Kent) , 7/04/2013 10:32 AM
I was extremely satisfied with Mr Goyal’s prompt examinations and diagnosis and I think he has an excellent manner and approach towards his patient. He is extremely professional and gives a thorough examination giving the patient considerable time and attention to their problem with excellent follow-up treatment as well as care.
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