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What are some factors that may increase the risk of glaucoma?

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Having a parent with glaucoma increases your risk of developing it. Other factors that may increase your risk are:

  • Being over age 50
  • Being over age 40 and African-American
  • Having a family history of glaucoma
  • Having a history of serious eye injury
  • Taking steroid medications
  • Having diabetes
  • Being nearsighted
  • Having high blood pressure

People with these risk factors should have their eyes examined on a regular basis to look for the disease.

SOURCES: 

National Eye Institute. 

Glaucoma Research Foundation.

Reviewed by Whitney Seltman on October 15, 2020

SOURCES: 

National Eye Institute. 

Glaucoma Research Foundation.

Reviewed by Whitney Seltman on October 15, 2020

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