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Risk factors

Dec 1, 2016Posted by nameless

Because chronic forms of glaucoma can destroy vision before any signs or symptoms are apparent, be aware of these risk factors:

Having high internal eye pressure (intraocular pressure)

Being over age 60

Being black or Hispanic

Having a family history of the condition

Having certain medical conditions, such as diabetes, heart disease, high blood pressure and sickle cell anemia

Having certain eye conditions, such as nearsightedness

Having had an eye injury or certain types of eye surgery

Early estrogen deficiency, such as can occur after removal of both ovaries (bilateral oophorectomy) before age 43

Taking corticosteroid medications, especially eyedrops, for a long time.