About Glaucoma

Glaucoma refers to several forms of optic nerve damage that interfere with visual information that travels from the eye to the brain.

Understanding Glaucoma


  • Loss of, or blind spots in, peripheral vision
  • Red eyes
  • Intense eye pain and/or severe headaches
  • Seeing colored rings or halos around lights
  • Vomiting or nausea
  • Blurred vision, sometimes experienced with exercise

When to See an Ophthalmologist

Before, or at the first sign of, symptoms. If eye pain and a severe headache appear suddenly, schedule an appointment as soon as possible.

Causes of Glaucoma

Eye Pressure

Pressure in the eye is often behind the nerve damage leading to glaucoma. This pressure is typically caused by a buildup of fluid inside the eye. Either the body produces too much fluid, or the eye’s fluid doesn’t drain properly. Under this pressure from the fluid, the optic nerve gradually deteriorates, resulting in impaired vision.

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Eastern Carolina Glaucoma & Vision Center
3115 Trent Rd
New Bern, NC 28562

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