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If my parent had glaucoma, will I get it?

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Not necessarily, but it does make it more likely. Other things that can raise your odds are:

You should get your eyes checked regularly to look for the disease.

  • Being over age 50
  • Being over age 40 and African-American
  • Having an earlier serious eye injury
  • Taking steroid medications
  • Having diabetes
  • Being nearsighted
  • Having high blood pressure

SOURCES: 

National Eye Institute. 

Glaucoma Research Foundation.

Reviewed by Brian S. Boxer Wachler on December 07, 2017

SOURCES: 

National Eye Institute. 

Glaucoma Research Foundation.

Reviewed by Brian S. Boxer Wachler on December 07, 2017

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