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Family History: If you have a
parent or sibling who has glaucoma, you are more
likely to develop the disease.
Diabetes: People with diabetes
have a higher risk of developing glaucoma.
Nearsightedness: People who are
very nearsighted are at greater risk.
Eye Injury or Surgery: Those who
have had eye surgery or eye injuries may develop
Steroid Medication: Steroids may
increase the risk of glaucoma when used for extended
periods of time.
Prevent Blindness America offers a dedicated
website for free information on glaucoma at
information may also be obtained in English or
Spanish by calling (800) 331-2020.
Prevent Blindness America
Founded in 1908, Prevent Blindness America is the
nation's leading patient and consumer advocate
dedicated to fighting blindness and saving sight.
Focused on promoting a continuum of vision care,
Prevent Blindness America touches the lives of
millions of people each year through public and
professional education, advocacy, certified vision
screening, training, community and patient service
programs and research. These services are made
possible through the generous support of the
American public. Together with a network of
affiliates, divisions and chapters, it's committed
to eliminating preventable blindness in America.