risk factors

It is estimated that nearly 4 million Americans have glaucoma, but only half of those who have it know it. This number is only expected to rise with the aging of our population. While everyone is at risk for glaucoma, there are

  • Positive family history of glaucoma within immediate family
  • Aging (Individuals over 40 years of age)
  • Gender (Male)
  • Race (African Americans)  
  • High eye pressure
  • Pain or redness in the eyes
  • High Myopia (Near sightedness)
  • Diabetes
  • Hypertension
  • Sleep-Disordered breathing
  • History of steroid use
  • Eye Injury or surgery

People at high risk for glaucoma should get a complete eye exam, including eye dilation, every one or two years. Everyone over 40 should have a comprehensive eye examination every two years, regardless of risk factors.

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