Who is at Risk

Some people are at greater risk for developing glaucoma and should see their ophthalmologist on a regular basis, specifically for glaucoma testing.

People with more risk of developing glaucoma include people who are:

Are over age 40;
Have family members with glaucoma;
Are of African or Hispanic heritage;
Are of Asian heritage (Asians are at increased risk of angle closure glaucoma and Japanese are at increased risk of low-tension glaucoma);
Have high eye pressure;
Are farsighted or nearsighted;
Have had an eye injury;
Have corneas that are thin in the center; or
Have diabetes, migraines, high blood pressure, poor blood circulation or other Health problems affecting the whole body.
Talk with an ophthalmologist about your risk for getting glaucoma. People with more than one of these risk factors have an even higher risk of glaucoma.