This eye condition is mainly caused by increased pressure in the eye. Diagnosing and treating it on time can prevent severe damage to the optic nerve.
According to the American Academy of Ophthalmology, some people are at a greater risk of developing glaucoma. The following are some of its greatest risk factors:
- Being over age 40
- Having family members with glaucoma
- Being of African, Hispanic or Asian descent
- Having high eye pressure, hyperopia or myopia
- Having experienced an eye injury
- The prolonged use of steroids
- Thin corneas in the center of the eye
- Narrowing of the optic nerve
- Having diabetes, high blood pressure, poor circulation of the blood or other health problems that affect the entire body.
If you have more than one of the above-mentioned risk factors, the recommendation is to consult with an eye care specialist.