Glaucoma Risk factors

Glaucoma has been called “The Sneak Thief of Sight” because it slowly causes vision loss without warning signs. It can not be prevented but it can be controlled if diagnosed early. Certain people are at a greater risk than others:
1) People over aged 50
2) Those severely nearsighted
3) Individuals with diabetes, hypertension, previous eye surgery or long-term steroid use
4) African descent (African-Americans have glaucoma 4-5 times more often than others
5) Those with a family history
6) Those with a history of eye injury or trauma
7) Those with high intraocular pressure
8) Those with abnormal optic nerve head