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Common Risk Factors for Glaucoma

Glaucoma is more common in the elderly

What are the most common risk factors for glaucoma?

  1. RACE: African Americans are at least 4 times more likely to develop glaucoma than caucasians.
  2. DIABETES: Diabetics are more likely than non-diabetics to develop glaucoma.
  3. MYOPIA: Nearsighted people are more likely to develop glaucoma.
  4. AGE: People older than 65 are more likely than those under 65 to develop glaucoma.
  5. FAMILY HISTORY: Having a 1st or 2nd degree relatives are at greater risk for developing glaucoma.
  6. CENTRAL CORNEAL THICKNESS: Individuals with thinner than average central corneas are at greater risk for developing glaucoma.
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