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Risk Factors

Risk Factors

The following factors increase the risk of developing glaucoma. Eye examinations to test for glaucoma should be performed more frequently if you have one or more of the following risk factors:


If you have a family member with glaucoma
Are age 50 or greater (or age 40 or greater for African Americans)
Are of African American heritage
Your IOP is greater than 21 mm Hg
A history of serious eye injury
A history of eye surgery
A history of corticosteroid use
You have diabetes, high blood pressure, or other chronic illness
You have myopia (nearsightedness) Nearsighted people have a higher risk of developing open-angle glaucoma
You have hyperopia (farsightedness) Farsighted people have a higher risk of developing angle-closure glaucoma