Normal-Tension Glaucoma Symptoms
Regular eye examinations with an ophthalmologist (a medical doctor who specializes in eye care and surgery) are very important, because people with normal-tension glaucoma do not experience any early symptoms of it.
Because of its silent nature, people do not usually have any visual complaints until late in the course of the disease. By the time a person with normal-tension glaucoma would notice vision loss, significant amounts of optic nerve damage and vision loss would have already occurred. The optic nerve damage and vision loss are permanent.
When to Seek Medical Care
Regular eye examinations with an ophthalmologist are important to screen for optic nerve damage and vision loss, despite a normal eye pressure.
Those who are suspected of having normal-tension glaucoma may also undergo a physical examination with a doctor who is familiar with both cardiovascular diseases (those involving the heart and the blood vessels) and neurologic disorders (those involving the nervous system) because of their association with this type of glaucoma.
Your ophthalmologist will want to know if there is a history of glaucoma or optic nerve abnormalities in your family, because these conditions are often inherited.
During your eye examination, your ophthalmologist will also ask you about the following, all of which may be associated with normal-tension glaucoma:
- Past ocular history
- Current medications, including use of steroids
- Any illnesses