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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.

High-Risk Individuals

Individuals who have a high risk of developing glaucoma include the following:

  • 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.
  • People with enlarged optic nerves.

Prevention & Treatment

Glaucoma is a highly detectable disease. It is essential that high-risk glaucoma patients have annual eye examinations to ensure continued ocular health.