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How do you get glaucoma?

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Glaucoma is a group of eye diseases that damages your vision. It usually happens slowly and shows no clear symptoms early on. You may not know you have it, but you can go blind because of it. It's often linked to build up of pressure inside your eye. Age makes it more likely, as do these things:

  • A family history of glaucoma
  • African or Hispanic ancestry
  • High levels of farsightedness or nearsightedness
  • Past eye injury
  • High eye pressure or low blood pressure
  • Diabetes

SOURCES:

Lighthouse International: "Vision Loss Is Not a Normal Part of Aging: Open Your Eyes to the Facts!"

American Academy of Ophthalmology's EyeSmart: "What Is Age-Related Macular Degeneration?" "What Is Glaucoma?" "What Are Cataracts?"

University of Illinois Eye & Ear Infirmary: "The Eye Digest: Eye changes with aging."

National Eye Institute: "Facts About Diabetic Retinopathy," "Facts About Retinal Detachment."

eMedicine: "Retinal Vein Occlusion."

National Institutes of Health web site: "NIH study provides clarity on supplements for protection against blinding eye disease."

Reviewed by Brian S. Boxer Wachler on April 19, 2018

SOURCES:

Lighthouse International: "Vision Loss Is Not a Normal Part of Aging: Open Your Eyes to the Facts!"

American Academy of Ophthalmology's EyeSmart: "What Is Age-Related Macular Degeneration?" "What Is Glaucoma?" "What Are Cataracts?"

University of Illinois Eye & Ear Infirmary: "The Eye Digest: Eye changes with aging."

National Eye Institute: "Facts About Diabetic Retinopathy," "Facts About Retinal Detachment."

eMedicine: "Retinal Vein Occlusion."

National Institutes of Health web site: "NIH study provides clarity on supplements for protection against blinding eye disease."

Reviewed by Brian S. Boxer Wachler on April 19, 2018

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