Glaucoma Risk Factors

  • Age
  • Family History

Glaucoma is generally a disease that develops with age. The small drainage pathways (trabecular meshwork) work less efficiently with age. This causes the eye pressure to increase. Many patients are diagnosed with glaucoma in their 70’s and 80’s. Since glaucoma has no symptoms, it is very important that any person 65 or older have a full eye exam at least yearly. The other main risk factor for getting glaucoma is a family history. If you have a parent or sibling with glaucoma, your risk of getting glaucoma is much higher. People with a parent or sibling with glaucoma should get their eyes checked every year starting at age 40, sooner if there is blindness in any relative. If you have glaucoma, please talk with your children and siblings and make sure they are getting their eyes checked regularly. Remember, the main reason people go blind from glaucoma is that the disease is not diagnosed on time.

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