Who is most at risk of getting glaucoma?

Who is most at risk of getting glaucoma?


Glaucoma is a disease that can affect anybody
but as we get older, you’re more at risk of getting it. So it’s certainly an aging disease
and it affects about 2% of the population over the age of 40 and as you get older, that
incidence increases. As we live longer, there’s more glaucoma. Glaucoma is also a genetic
disease so there’s definitely a family element to it. People with family history of glaucoma should
always be checked because there is a significantly increased risk of getting glaucoma as you
get older. People who were short sighted are also at risk. People who are diabetic also
have a higher risk of developing glaucoma. If your optic nerve has some thinning, then you
are at risk of developing glaucoma so your pressure must be checked and maintained and
obviously, your optic nerve should be monitored to ensure there’s no further thinning or
loss of the nerve fibers.

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