Acute Glaucoma Attack Quiz

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Content updated on Sep 20, 2022

What is acute glaucoma attack?

A condition caused by high pressures in the eyeball, more commonly in people with farsightedness. Persons of black, Asian or Hispanic descent are at higher risk. The high pressures can cut off blood flow to the eye. Prompt medical attention is needed to prevent permanent blindness.

Symptoms of acute glaucoma attack

  • Eye pain

  • Difficulty seeing on one side

  • Eye redness

  • Bloodshot eyes

  • Tearing from one eye

  • Blurred vision

  • Poor vision

  • Nausea or vomiting

Questions your doctor may ask to check for acute glaucoma attack

Your doctor may ask these questions to diagnose acute glaucoma attack

  • Do you have eye pain?

  • Are you unable to see out from one eye?

  • Do you have redness on the white part of your eyes?

  • Do you have bloodshot (red) eyes?

  • Do you have tearing from one eye only?

Treatment for acute glaucoma attack

This requires emergency medical care. Avoid staying in a dark room or lying down as this can worsen the condition. In the first stage, medicines to lower eye pressures will be given in the form of eyedrops, oral medicine, and medicine given through a needle in the vein. In the second stage, a laser procedure or surgery may be needed to permanently fix the problem.

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