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One-sided Headaches as a Symptom of Glaucoma - Open angle and narrow angle glaucoma information
by N J Howell
This is part of a group of articles on headaches that occur on one side of the body. Glaucoma symptoms may include one-sided headaches so I have added a section on it here. Below is some very basic information on the types of glaucoma and symptoms of each type.
What is Glaucoma?
Glaucoma is an eye condition that eventually results in eye damage in the area of the optic nerve. A loss in peripheral vision results and, if left untreated and if the glaucoma progresses, blindness may eventually result as well.
Symptoms of Glaucoma
In cases of open angle glaucoma, (also called Primary Open Angle) the damage happens gradually and symptoms usually do not include pain. There may or may not be a feeling of pressure behind the affected eye. Most with open angle glaucoma discover it, not because of troubling symptoms but just when by noticing that their
peripheral vision is different or less on one side than the other.
Open angle glaucoma is typically treated with eye drops or pills containing substances that help to relieve the pressure in the eye.
Holistically, MSM capsules and MSM drops in the eyes can help minimize cellular fluid imbalances and possibly relieve eye pressure. However, MSM is not to be considered a substitute for medical care.
Normal Tension Glaucoma ( NTG ) causes eye damage even though the individual does not exhibit higher than normal inner eye pressure. The Normal Tension type of Glaucoma is treated thru medication, eye drops to lower pressure even though it may not read as abnormally high, laser surgery or an outpatient procedure called Trabeculoplasty.
Those with NTG who undergo Trabeculoplasty often find they can stop using the eyedrops to reduce pressure after the surgery. The surgery is quick, usually taking no more than an hour barring complications and allows excess fluid to drain from the eye and thus relieves eye pressure. Filtering surgery has a high success rate, and many patients are able to stop their glaucoma eyedrops after surgery.
Angle-closure glaucoma has more syptoms than the other types and the symptoms are typically more severe.
In some cases, angle-closure glaucoma can even cause blindness in a matter of days. Although severe eye pain may be a symptom of angle-closure glaucoma, this type of pain is not always present. Other symptoms of this type of glaucoma include red eye, swollen eye, nausea or vomiting and the development of cloudy vision. The pupil of the eye affected with angle-closure glaucoma may fail to react to light normally.
Depending on the severity of an angle-closure glaucoma situation, treatment may include injections of pressure-lowering medications or surgery, using a laser to open up a new channel to relieve the pressure and prevent blindness.
Congenital Glaucoma: Some people are born with glaucoma and this type is called pediatric or congenital glaucoma. One or both eyes may look enlarged or there may seem to be a film in front of the eyeball when a child is born with congenital glaucoma.
Unfortunately, the treatment for congenital glaucoma is usually surgery.
Secondary Glaucoma: The fourth type of glaucoma is called secondary glaucoma and, as the name suggests, it is caused by some primary event. Some causes of secondary glaucoma include systemic diseases, eye diseases or reactions to certain drugs.
ELF Waves effect may be worse for those with glaucoma.
Health Disclaimer: Glaucoma is a leading cause of blindness and suspected eye conditions such as those covered on this page warrant immediate medical testing and evaluation. Trabeculoplasty, while being a quick, outpatient procedure that has a high rate of success for treating NTG, has risks so please discuss risks with your doctor. Be wise with your health.