What are the signs and symptoms of primary open-angle glaucoma (POAG)?

Updated: Mar 16, 2020
  • Author: Kristin Schmid Biggerstaff, MD; Chief Editor: Inci Irak Dersu, MD, MPH  more...
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Because of the silent nature of glaucoma, patients usually don’t present with any symptoms or visual complaints until late in the disease course, particularly with primary open-angle glaucoma. However, narrow/closed-angle glaucoma and secondary glaucomas can cause a rapid rise in intraocular pressure, which is usually symptomatic, particularly when intraocular pressure is 35 mm Hg or more.


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