A lot of time, patients will come into our office asking about glaucoma. What's most important for the patient to know about glaucoma is that it’s a lot like high blood pressure: You generally don’t know you have glaucoma until we tell you, or until the condition has already resulted in a substantial amount of loss to your side or peripheral vision.

There are some rare cases of glaucoma where it’s a sudden onset and painful. That’s something that we can diagnose before it happens and that’s one of the reasons why patients should have routine eye exams to check the anatomy; but glaucoma is a silent disease so it’s not something that you can diagnose yourself or that you can really tell that you have until we do a thorough eye exam and pressure check.