Glaucoma Risk Factors

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Are You at Risk For Glaucoma?

Certain groups are at higher risk for glaucoma.

Asian Ancestry

Glaucoma strikes earlier and progresses faster in African Americans and is the leading cause of blindness.

Black Ancestry

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.

Steroid Users

Chronic systemic steroid use increases the risk for glaucoma.

Eye Injury

Ocular injuries increase the risk for glaucoma if delicate drainage areas are damaged.

Other Risk Factors

Other possible risk factors include:

  • High myopia (nearsightedness)
  • Hypertension
  • Central corneal thickness less than .5 mm

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