Glaucoma Risk Factors

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Aqueous humor is the clear fluid in the front part of your eye. Because it is constantly being generated, proper outflow of aqueous humor is essential for maintaining consistent eye pressure. Glaucoma blocks this fluid from draining, increasing intraocular pressure and damaging the optic nerve. Sadly, once damaged, the optic nerve cannot be repaired and, unless detected and treated early, glaucoma will lead to a complete loss of vision.

If you are experiencing symptoms of glaucoma such as eye pain or a loss of vision, please call 619-425-7755 or 760-352-7755 to schedule an eye examination with one of the experienced ophthalmologists at California Retina Associates today.

Risk Factors for Glaucoma

Glaucoma can destroy your vision before symptoms even start. Due to this, it is important that you know the risk factors and discuss them with our doctors to help prevent total vision loss.

Risk factors associated with glaucoma include:

  • Age – People over the age of 60 are at a higher risk for glaucoma
  • Ethnic background – People of African, Mexican, or Asian descent are more likely to develop glaucoma, even as early as age 40
  • Family history – Glaucoma may have a genetic link
  • Eye conditions of injury – Trauma is linked to secondary glaucoma. In addition, eye tumors, retinal detachment, inflammation, or being nearsighted or farsighted may increase your risk for glaucoma
  • Medical conditions – People with diabetes, heart disease, high blood pressure, or hypothyroidism are at an increased risk for glaucoma
  • Corticosteroid use – Particularly in eye drop form, the long-term use of corticosteroids may increase your risk for developing secondary glaucoma

If you have any of these risk factors, it is essential to discuss glaucoma testing with our eye doctors. Glaucoma is the second leading cause of blindness in the United States, but with modern glaucoma treatment, our eye doctors can help prevent of delay vision disruptions caused by this disorder.

To learn more about glaucoma or to schedule an eye examination, please contact California Retina Associates at our San Diego or El Centro, California office today.

California Retina Associates

Chula Vista Office
835 Third Avenue, Suite A
Chula Vista, CA 91911

El Centro Office
1452 South La Brucherie, Suite A
El Centro, CA 92243

La Mesa Office
8851 Center drive, Suite 406
La Mesa, CA 91942