Why other family members should be tested
Glaucoma just doesn’t affect individuals, it affects families. After all, if your mom or dad (or brother or sister) has open-angle glaucoma, you could be at higher risk. If you have children, they could be at risk.
The Glaucoma Research Foundation reports that you are 4 to 9 times more likely to get primary open-angle glaucoma if there’s a history of it in your immediate family.1 Those may seem like daunting odds, but don’t be discouraged. By taking action early, you can fight back.
If there’s been a diagnosis in your family, think of it as a warning sign for your whole family. Encourage your family members to have a complete eye exam with an eye care professional every year or two after the age of 35.
Anyone from infants to senior citizens can develop glaucoma, but certain factors put you at higher risk.2 These include:
- High eye pressure 3
- Over age 60 4
- Family history of glaucoma 4
- African or Latino descent 4
- Regular use of oral steroids, topical steroids or cortisone medications over a long period 4
- Severe nearsightedness 4
- A thin cornea, which may cause your doctor to underestimate your intraocular pressure (IOP) 5
- Diabetes 6
- High blood pressure 4