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Glaucoma - When To Call a Doctor

Call911or other emergency services immediately if you have:

  • Sudden, severe blurring of vision in one eye.
  • Severe pain in the affected eye.
  • Redness of the affected eye.
  • Nausea and vomiting.
  • Colored halos surrounding light sources.

Call your doctor if you:

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  • Notice blind spots in your vision.
  • Notice that over time you are having more trouble seeing.
  • Have a family history of glaucoma, are age 40 or older, and have not had an eye exam in more than a year. You may need to be examined by an eye specialist (ophthalmologist or optometrist) for signs of glaucoma.
  • Have glaucoma and have side effects from the glaucoma medicines that you are taking.

Who to see

The following doctors can diagnose glaucoma:

An ophthalmologist can treat glaucoma and perform eye surgery.

To prepare for your appointment, see the topic Making the Most of Your Appointment.

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WebMD Medical Reference from Healthwise

Last Updated: October 22, 2012
This information is not intended to replace the advice of a doctor. Healthwise disclaims any liability for the decisions you make based on this information.
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