Causes Of Glaucoma

By Angela Bekiaris: Glaucoma is caused by high pressure fluid, called aqueous humor, which flows out of your eye through a mesh-like channel. Other causes, which are less common, include a blunt or chemical injury to your eye, severe eye infection, blocked blood vessels inside the eye, and inflammatory conditions.


Who Is At Risk?

  • Those who are of African-American, Irish, Russian, Japanese, Hispanic, Inuit, or Scandinavian descent
  • Those over 40
  • Have a family history of glaucoma
  • Have poor vision
  • Have diabetes
  • Take certain steroid medications
  • Have had trauma to the eye or eyes

Glaucoma Symptoms

  • Seeing halos around lights
  • Loss of vision
  • Hazy eyes
  • Redness in the eye
  • Pain in the eye
  • Vision loss
  • Narrowed vision

Did You Know?

THERE are two main kinds: Open-angle glaucoma (also known as wide-angle glaucoma) or angle-closure glaucoma (also known as acute or chronic angle-closure or narrow-angle glaucoma).


Experts suggest those over the age 40 or those who have a family history of the disease should get a complete eye exam every one to two years.

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