Glaucoma | Causes & Risk Factors


Who gets glaucoma?

Risk factors for glaucoma include:

  • Being 60 years of age or older
  • Belonging to certain ethnic groups, including black and Latino
  • A family history of glaucoma
  • High pressure in the eyes
  • Diabetes
  • Hypertension
  • Heart disease
  • Near-sightedness (it is difficult for you to see objects in the distance)

Written by editorial staff

Reviewed/Updated: 04/14
Created: 01/96