Glaucoma is one of the most common causes of blindness; therefore, everyone needs to be aware of this disease. However, certain people are at a greater risk of developing this disease than others. These include people over the age of 40; individuals who are severely myopic or nearsighted; people who have diabetes; people diagnosed with hypertension, long-term steroid, or cortisone users; people of African or Mediterranean descent; people who have family members with the disease; individuals who have experienced a serious injury or trauma to their eye; those who have high intraocular pressure; and people with enlarged optic nerves. Glaucoma is a highly detectable disease. It is essential that high-risk glaucoma patients have annual eye examinations to ensure continued ocular health.
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