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what else causes glaucoma besides the intraocular pressure?

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Dr. Richard Bensinger
52 years experience Ophthalmology
That's all: Glaucoma is a problem in which the internal eye pressure exceeds the resistance of the components at the back of the eye. Causes are inheritance, trauma, eye anatomy, aging but in all cases it is the elevation of the pressure which is the problem.
Answered on May 2, 2013
Dr. Jon Fishburn
30 years experience Ophthalmology
Great question : We know high IOP is the biggest risk factor, but other than that, genetics, aging, certain ethnicity (African American, Latino, Asian), thin corneas, high myopia, migraine, raynauds, systemic hyper- or hypotension, diabetes, chronic corticosteroids, eye injury, inflammation, & probably many more (yet to be determined) factors. Early detection w/ a comprehensive eye examination beginning under 40.
Answered on Jul 22, 2015

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