Glaucoma: Who Is at Risk for This Vision-Robbing Disease?

Glaucoma actually refers to a group of eye disorders that cause damage to the optic nerve. Glaucoma is one of the leading causes of vision loss and blindness. There is no cure for glaucoma, but there are a number of treatments available if it is diagnosed early enough.

Glaucoma often doesn’t have any symptoms at first. That is why regular, comprehensive eye exams are the best way to diagnose glaucoma. It is also important to understand your risk for developing glaucoma. The doctors at TRES VISION Group use the best technology and resources to diagnose and treat glaucoma. Here, our knowledgeable team explains risk factors for glaucoma so you can understand who is at risk for glaucoma.


Age is a risk factor for many eye diseases, including glaucoma. If you are over the age of 60 you are at an increased risk for developing glaucoma.

Family History of Glaucoma

A family history of glaucoma increases your risk of developing glaucoma. If members of your family have glaucoma, you should let your doctor know.


People of African, Hispanic and Asian descent may be more likely to develop certain kinds of glaucoma than others.

Certain Medical Conditions

You have an increased risk for developing glaucoma if you have certain medical conditions. Notably, diabetes is linked to an increased risk for developing glaucoma. Other diseases that may indicate that you are at an increased risk for developing glaucoma include high blood pressure and heart disease.

Abnormally High Intraocular Pressure

One of the most significant risk factors for glaucoma is abnormally high intraocular pressure. This is another way of saying high pressure inside the eye. High intraocular pressure can occur when the production and drainage of the fluid in the eye is off balance.

Eye Injury or Surgery

Another risk factor for glaucoma is an eye injury or eye surgery. If you have had a physical injury to your eye or eye surgery, you may be at an increased risk for developing glaucoma.

Certain Medications

Certain medications can contribute to your glaucoma risk. Notably, corticosteroids are known to increase the risk of open-angle glaucoma. You should talk to your doctor about any medications you are taking and ask about the associated risks.

Discuss Glaucoma With Our Eye Team

The only way to know if you have glaucoma is through a comprehensive eye exam. Please contact TRES VISION Group at (321) 984-3200 or email to schedule an appointment with our expert doctors.