Are You at Risk for Glaucoma? Part 2

  • Posted on: Oct 3 2014
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Risk for GlaucomaGlaucoma is a progressive eye condition that impacts countless adults all over the world. Glaucoma occurs due to an increase in internal pressure within the eye, an can cause significant damage to the optic nerves — damage that can eventually lead to vision loss. Symptoms of glaucoma may include severe eye pain, a gradual loss of vision, nausea, and tunnel vision.

Glaucoma is actually the leading cause of vision loss in adults who are over the age of 35. So, are you at risk for this condition? Let’s take a look at some of the most common glaucoma risk factors.

Top Risk Factors for Glaucoma

  • Age. Glaucoma is most commonly seen in older adults, typically affecting those over the age of 60.
  • Family history of glaucoma. Glaucoma is frequently linked to genetics. Patients who have a documented family history of this eye disease will usually have a much greater risk for developing it themselves.
  • Ethnic background. Generally speaking, African-Americans who are over the age of 40 are at a greater risk for developing glaucoma. However, this condition can occur in people of any ethnicity.
  • Medical conditions. Pre-existing medical conditions typically put patients at greater risk for developing glaucoma. Some of these conditions include diabetes, heart disease, high blood pressure, and hypothyroidism.
  • Previous eye injury. Patients who have had a previous eye injury may experience an increased amount of pressure within the eye. Other conditions that can contribute to glaucoma may include eye inflammation, lens dislocation, and retinal detachment, while eye surgery can also play a role in its onset. Patients who have generally poor eyesight can also be considered at-risk for the development of glaucoma.

The health of your eyes is important. If you have a family history of glaucoma or any medical conditions that place you at risk, don’t waste any time. Contact your eye care professional today!

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