Glaucoma Risk Factors
Are You at Risk For Glaucoma?
Certain groups are at higher risk for glaucoma.
Glaucoma strikes earlier and progresses faster in African Americans and is the leading cause of blindness.
Glaucoma strikes earlier and progresses faster in Black people, and is a leading cause of blindness.
People Over 60
The risk of glaucoma increases with age, especially over the age of 60.
Family Members with Glaucoma
The most common type of glaucoma, primary open-angle glaucoma, can be hereditary. Family history increases the risk of glaucoma four to nine times.
Hispanics in Older Age Groups
Recent studies indicate the risk for Hispanic populations is greater than those of predominantly European ancestry and that the risk increases significantly among Hispanics over age 60.
Chronic systemic steroid use increases the risk for glaucoma.
Ocular injuries increase the risk for glaucoma if delicate drainage areas are damaged.