Answers to Common Eye Health Questions

Premier Health providers answer frequently asked questions about eye health.

Who is at risk for developing glaucoma?

Though anyone can develop glaucoma, some people are at a higher risk of developing the disease, according to the National Institutes of Health (NIH).

Risk factors for developing glaucoma, according to the NIH, include:

  • age – people older than 60 are at increased risk for glaucoma, and the risk increases more as you age
  • corticosteroid use – prolonged use of these medications can increase risk
  • eye injury – being hit in the eye or having a severe trauma to the eye can cause eye pressure that leads to glaucoma
  • history – having a family history of the disease
  • other eye conditions – retinal detachment eye inflammation, and eye tumors can increase glaucoma risk
  • other medical conditions – having diabetes, heart disease, and high blood pressure all increase glaucoma risk
  • race – black people are at higher risk of glaucoma and of ending up with permanent vision loss

Glaucoma cannot be prevented, but catching it early allows for treatment to manage the disease, according to the NIH. Talk to your doctor for more information about who is at risk of developing glaucoma.

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Source: Edward Thomas, MD, FACS, Ohio Eyecare Institute; Amina Husain Zaman, MD, Ohio Eyecare Institute; Peter Koumas, DO, Ohio Eyecare Institute

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