Glaucoma Risk Factors

These risk factors may increase your chance of having glaucoma:

 

Age

The older you are, the greater you are at risk (especially if you are over 60 years old). African Americans are at a greater risk at a younger age starting at age 40 and older.

Race

African-Americans age 40 and over are 4-5 times more likely to have glaucoma than others. Hispanics are also at increased risk for glaucoma as they age. Those of Asian and Native American descent are at increased risk for angle closure glaucoma.

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Family History

If you have a parent, brother or sister with glaucoma, you are more likely to get glaucoma. If you have glaucoma, inform your family members to get complete eye exams.

Medical History

You are at risk if you have a history of high pressure in your eyes, previous eye injury, long term steroid use, or nearsightedness.

Take Our Adult Vision Risk Assessment!

This self-assessment will help you determine whether you are at risk for age-related eye disease.

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