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who is at risk for glaucoma?

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Dr. Paul Cohen
Family Medicine 28 years experience
Everyone: Everyone is potentially at risk for glaucoma. People with diabetes, who are african american, have had an eye injury, an advanced cataract, or some form of cancer are more at risk and should be screened; multiple risk factors should be screened as early as 20 with a tonometric examination. Everyone else should undergo routine tonometry as part of a thorough eye examination yearly at age 40.
Dr. Robert Chang
Specializes in Ophthalmology
Everyone: Technically, glaucoma affects babies to adults. Typically older age is a higher risk. Certain ethnicities can be a higher risk for various types of glaucoma. Family history of glaucoma increases the risk. Glaucoma has many secondary causes as well.
Dr. Jeffrey Paul
Ophthalmology 39 years experience
Mostly elderly: Glaucoma is a common problem, and usually has no symptoms in the early stages. It is more common if there is a family history of the condition, and among those who use certain chronic medications, particularly steroids. It is fairly rare in patients younger than 40 years of age, although even infants and children can be affected. It may be slightly more common in diabetics and near-sighted people.
Dr. Robert Chang
Specializes in Ophthalmology
Anyone: Older age (over 60), african american or hispanic (asians narrow angle), positive family history, thin corneas, steroids, eye injuries.
Dr. Federico Mattioli
LASIK Surgery 25 years experience
Many: Varies by type of glaucoma. Common risk factors include older age and family history. Other factors are nearsightedness (open angle), farsightedness (narrow angle), asian, black race, trauma, shorter eye length, larger lenses, certain medication use such as steroids.
Dr. Robert Chang
Specializes in Ophthalmology
Very high pressure: The highest risk is if your eye pressure was extremely high, for example iop 60 (most population is 10-21). This type of pressure, if an acute rise, is often symptomatic with red eye, pain, decreased vision.
Dr. Benjamin Chun
Ophthalmology 28 years experience
Variety of factors: Person who has immediate relative with glaucoma (parents or siblings), with large cupped optic nerves and high eye pressures (above 21), with history of blunt eye trauma would i think be at most risk for glaucoma.

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A 21-year-old member asked:

What is glaucoma?

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Dr. Sarab Alfata
Family Medicine 20 years experience
Eye disease: Eye disorder in which the optic nerve suffers damage, permanently damaging vision in the affected eye(s) and progressing to complete blindness if untreated. It associates with increased pressure of the fluid in the eye
A 22-year-old member asked:

How is glaucoma diagnosed?

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Dr. Cynthia Point
Specializes in Internal Medicine
Eye exams: Glaucoma is damage to the optic nerve caused by eye pressures that are too high for the particular eye. It is diagnosed by the eye doctor seeing the optic nerve having a special appearance, and then a test called a visual field test shows loss of vision in the outer part of the field. That is why we all should get eye exams starting at about 40 years of age.
A 21-year-old member asked:

What are the causes and risk factors of glaucoma?

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Dr. Federico Mattioli
LASIK Surgery 25 years experience
Many: Classified into primary and secondary types. Specific types include congenital, traumatic, medication induced, inflammatory, angle glaucoma (closed, narrow, or open). Common risk factors are older age and family history. Specific risks are nearsightedness, farsightedness, asian, black race, female, shorter eye lengths, trauma, steroid use, large internal lens. Unclear if diabetes is a risk factor.
A 40-year-old member asked:

What should you do if at high risk for glaucoma?

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Dr. Richard Bensinger
Ophthalmology 52 years experience
Regular check up: I am guessing that you have glaucoma in your family, or your ophthalmologist has found some features of yours eyes that he thinks may lead to trouble down the road. Glaucoma treatment is highly successful so you only need to have regular check ups particularly the eye pressure, and evaluation of the back of the eyes. A regular visit to the ophthalmologist will be mandatory.
Dr. Jon Fishburn
Ophthalmology 30 years experience
Bimatoprost is a F2-alpha agonist and stimulates the FP receptors in the trabecular mesh work of the human eye to lower IOP.
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A 43-year-old member asked:

How do you know if you are at risk for glaucoma?

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Dr. Richard Lehrer
Ophthalmology 33 years experience
Many Factors: Many studies have examined this. Risk factors are elevated intraocular pressure, thin corneas, suspicious appearing optic nerves and positive family history. People of african descent may be more likely than others to develop glaucoma. The older you are, the greater the risk. The best way to determine your risk is to have a complete eye examination.

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