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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 secondary glaucoma. 

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  Additional 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.


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